Hollywood makes us think the only way to really show your love for someone is with an elaborate plan and extravagant gifts. Let’s face it: the shaky economy has a lot of us wondering how to be romantic without spending money.
It might not seem possible, but the truth is some of the sweetest moments shared by a couple often involve little more than just the two of them – no expensive presents or high-dollar dinners.
The key, when you are feeling like your wallet is in the way, is to take a step back and create opportunities for the simple stuff to occur on its own. Thankfully, there are a handful of easy things you can do to connect with your sweetheart:
- Take a Walk
If you think about it, there are far more distractions in modern life than we even know how to acknowledge. Technology has crept into every aspect of our day, meaning the personal relationships we value most often suffer.
To combat this, make time to leave your computer and cell phone behind while you are out on a long stroll with your beloved. This will allow you both the opportunity to be free from the devices begging for your attention while you reconnect – even if all you are doing is walking arm in arm without saying a word.
- Write a Letter
The classic love note is a favorite all through life. It starts with a couple of sentences passed between elementary school children and, in rare cases, continues into adulthood.
Blinded by quick emails and text messages, we forget how powerful it can be to put pen to paper and let our thoughts flow. Something about the personal touch of each individual’s unique handwriting gives the words more power than if you type them out in the font supplied by your favorite word processing program.
This can be as long as you wish, echoing “Do You Want to Dance? Check Yes or No” or rivaling the extensive poetry of Lord Byron. Don’t worry about how perfect it may sound, just be yourself and let your feelings run all over the paper.
- Be an Artist
Who doesn’t appreciate a customized drawing or beautiful painting? Why not make something for your darling to show how much he or she means to you?
Sure, you might not be the next Leonardo or Michaelangelo, but you can still create a unique masterpiece. Your local community center might even offer low- or no-cost classes about specific techniques, if you are a perfectionist.
Better yet, you could find a way to turn it into a date, so both of you are able to enjoy the process of making something.
- Play Some Music
As we get older, it seems like there are fewer and fewer chances to get in some close dancing. We hearken back to wedding days or senior proms where every seventh or eighth tune was a popular love song, but we never seek to rekindle our relationships by swaying together.
With the rise of the Internet, though, millions of songs are available on YouTube or through other free services, so all you need is a computer with working speakers, access to the world wide web and some open floor space.
Dial in a favorite – or pick something like “The Very Thought of You” by Ella Fitzgerald, if you’re struggling for ideas – and embrace your honey like you did when you first met.
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