1. Spend the entire day watching romantic movies.
2. If you'd like to spend a romantic summer night making wishes on falling stars, mark the second week in August on your calendar. The earth passes through the Perseid meteor belt around August 12 every year, which usually results in spectacular meteor showers for two to three nights.
3. Buy a lottery ticket. Give it to your partner with a little note attached: "I hit the jackpot when I married you!"
4. Pick flowers for your partner from the side of the road.
5. Write a short note to your lover that's spread out over several postcards, then mail the cards one at a time. You'll build anticipation for the romantic conclusion on the final postcard. (Maybe deliver that last one in person.)
6. If you're not much of a writer, create an audio love letter. Sit down with a tape recorder and just talk to her for 10 minutes. Then giftwrap it and mail it to her.
7. Don't just go out to a movie on Saturday, like always. Call your partner from work on Wednesday and formally ask for a date.
8. Call a local radio station and request a special love song to be dedicated to your partner. Make sure he or she is listening!
9. Make a custom certificate for your lover. (You can get blank certificate forms at a stationery or paper store.) Here are some suggestions: A certificate "For Putting Up With Me Over the Years," an award for "The World's Best Wife," a ribbon "For Hugs & Kisses Above and Beyond the Call of Duty."
10. Mail your partner a Rolodex card with your name and number on it. Write on it: "Your instant resource for love. Call when lonely."
If you don't have as much time as you'd like for love, try these swift but sweet romance tips:
1. Write "I love you" on the bathroom mirror with a piece of soap.
2. Place a little love note or poem under the driver's-side windshield wiper of his or her car.
3. Every once in a while, kiss her hand with a flourish. Note: The proper way to kiss a woman's hand is to lower your lips to her hand. You don't raise her hand to your lips.
4. Have "your song" playing on the stereo when your partner returns home from work.
5. When out together in public, wink at your partner from across the room.
6. On your partner's birthday, send a thank-you card to his/her mother.
7. Unplug the TV. Put a note on the screen saying, "Turn me on instead."
8. Make a toast to one another every time you hold a wine glass. Make eye contact. Take turns making the toast. Whisper it.
9. Get the whole "family of products" in the fragrance of her favorite perfume (bath powder, soaps, cremes, candles, etc.)
10. Call your partner from work for no other reason than to say, "I love you."
Looking for a tried-and-true method for declaring your love? Consider these classic romance tips:
1. Spread rose petals all over the bedroom.
2. What could be more classic than a fine gold locket with your photo inside? (Maybe a photo of the two of you.)
3. Bring home one small, unexpected gift each week.
4. Write a classic, romantic, passionate, handwritten, heartfelt love letter. Most adults haven't written a love letter since high school. (Why not? Have we lost our youthful idealism, or have we just gotten lazy?)
5. When traveling, give your partner a bouquet of roses; one rose for each day that you'll be away. Attach a note that says something like this: "These three roses represent the three days I'll be away from you. They also symbolize the love, joy, and laughter we share together."
6. Say "I love you" at least three times a day.
7. Guys: Surprise her by performing one of her chores for her. (And not something easy like carrying the groceries in from the car, but something that requires some time and effort—like cooking all the meals over a weekend, or cleaning the entire house.)
8. Ladies: Send him a letter sealed with a kiss. (Use your reddest lipstick.)
9. Hold hands.
10. On your yearly romantic checklist, make plans for Valentine's Day—well in advance!
By Gregory J. P. Godek
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