Friday, August 14, 2009

Making Love Last...and Last...Part III

Here’s the next excerpt from the article that I found in my latest Glamour magazine. It offers little and big things that you can do either for each other, or as a couple, to help make your love last and last. I hope that you enjoyed Part I, found here and Part II, found here.

Once again, I don’t want to plagiarize anyone, so here’s the link to the online version of the article...which will also give you a sneak peak since I’m not going to do the whole article in one post!

(**Update! A reader did inform me that the link provided back to the article isn't taking you to the exact article anymore...I will keep the link posted, in case Glamour reposts the article, but you'll have to just wait for the ending in my posts I guess - sorry for the inconvenience. I did receive my latest copy of Glamour in the mail, so maybe they only leave the articles up during the current month.)

The article focuses on things that you can do once a week, once a month, once a year and once a lifetime to help make your relationship better. Whether you’re just getting serious with that special someone, or if you’ve been dating a while, or if you’re like us and taking your relationship to that next level by marriage, or if you’ve already been married 2, 5 or 20 years this article will offer you some good advice.

Once a week...
Shower together. You’ve both got to get in there anyway, right?
Get into bed and...sleep. “Sometimes the best thing a couple can do to ignite their passion for each other is sleep,” says Hillsborough, New Jersey sleep expert Carol Ash. If you two aren’t in the sleepover stage yet, co-napping has been known to work wonders too.

Once a Month...
Declare something “this stays in Vegas.” A silly nickname, or a crazy sex mishap. Share something intimate, then pull the bubble completely around you tightly.
Be the man. Not literally, but if your guy always initiates dates, sex, whatever, take the lead for once.
Disappear together. Hike somewhere AT&T can’t find you (and thus your mother, your boss and his needy friend Bob can’t find you either). No woods? Any time spent totally alone together – a long drive, even – will do the trick.

Once a Year...
Fall Apart. You can’t schedule this. But it’s important that you each know; via experience, that you can completely, utterly lose your grip – weep over a bad haircut, threaten to leave your job after a nutso day, have a wrenching fight with your mom – and not lose each other.
Don’t. Get. Up. At least once a year, break open some bubbly, disable the Wi-Fi, and don’t get out of bed for the weekend.
Talk birth control. Not so sexy, but potentially life-changing. Would a different method work better? Is it his turn (or yours) to take primary responsibility? And where are you on the whole kid issue, anyway?

Once a Lifetime...
Go to each other’s “fun” high school reunions.
Pay off the mortgage!
Come back from the brink of a breakup even stronger.

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Stay tuned for the conclusion to this series that I’ll post about next week. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of things that I could totally work into our routine...especially if it helps keep our appreciation level for each other up!

Do you have any other tips that you’d like to share with me? Post about them below so that we can all benefit!

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