How To Be Romantic

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How To Be Romantic
Want more romance in your relationship? Em & Lo provide a formula for turning love into romance.

Romance is contagious. So the best way to get your guy (or lady) to be more romantic is to be more romantic with him first. Here are 10 not-too-arduous ways to do just that.

1. Wax nostalgic. Ninety-eight percent of romance is remembering not to take each other for granted. So tap into long-lost crush feelings by regularly thinking back to those first exhilarating moments that made you fall in love: the first time you met, your first date, your first kiss, your first time naked together, the first time you had teary, face-holding, we-adore-each-other sex. Remember how lucky you thought you'd be if you ended up together for the long haul—especially during those moments when the way he chews is starting to annoy you.

2. Don't overshare. There's a fine line between intimacy and TMI. We're not so prudish as to suggest you should never pee in front of one another, but is it so much to ask that you keep your #2's private? And when it comes to eliminating errant nose, chin, and nipple hairs, it might be a good idea to lock the bathroom door. Ask that he do the same for you. Just think of it as quality alone time to pamper yourselves. Grooming Still Important In Tough Economy, Ladies

3. Go on dates. Someone told us recently that it's pathetically suburban to call it a "date night." We say, save "hip" for your wardrobe and music library and embrace the cheese in your relationship. There's a reason dinner-and-a-movie is a decades-long tradition—it works! Besides, if you don't call it a date night, how is your guy supposed to know that you want him to change out of his old college sweatshirt and act all date-like? Subtle hints don't work; calling it a date night does. If you really can't stand to say those two words, then help clue him in with a new tie for the occasion—or just ask him to wear a certain shirt that you love. How To Take Date Night From 'Meh' To Mind-Blowing

4. Exchange just-because gifts or treats. Don't wait for the officially designated romantic holidays—anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine's Day—to give your partner a thoughtful present. Surprising him with something out of the blue shows that he's on your mind, that you don't take him for granted, and that you care all of the other non-holiday days of the year, too. If you're broke, just bring him breakfast in bed with his favorite section of the newspaper on a random Sunday (and yes, "favorite section of the newspaper" may also be a euphemism for "fantastic oral sex"). Remember to reassure him that he didn't somehow forget a major anniversary, otherwise his mind will be racing all day.

5. Engage in random PDA. Not to the point where you elicit pleas to "get a room," but just enough to increase your daily physical contact and prove to the world (or even just your cat) that you're in love. Hold hands whenever possible. Give a peck on the lips here and a hug there. And don't forget the occasional furtive pat on the bum. Studies have shown that even a 20-second hug raises oxytocin levels—and oxytocin is the Hallmark card of the hormone world. 7 Commandments For Showing Love In Public

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