Creating intimacy in your relationship involves more than great sex. A meaningful partnership is dependent on mutual respect, open communication, and making the other person a priority. Will that get your heart racing? Probably not, but it's important just the same. Here are eight beyond-the-bedroom ways to reignite the spark and deepen your bond with your spouse.
Spark a heart-to-heart conversation
When it comes to nurturing a relationship, mum's not the word. You may not have the time (nor the desire) to engage in hours-long conversations like you did at the start of your relationship, but that doesn't mean you can't check in every so often. By simply asking your partner to share something about his or her day, for example, you demonstrate your interest in his or her happiness and well-being. Setup a weekly coffee date where you can chat and catch-up on each other's week or even the act of switching off the television during dinner time and using that opportunity to communicate is a great way to stay connected
Leave a romantic note
Jot down a silly doodle, romantic poem, or a saucy note, and tuck it in your partner's pocket, desk, lunchbox, laptop case, or another inconspicuous spot to be found later. If your partner leaves for work way before you even wakeup or gets home long after you've gone to bed, consider leaving them a sweet note on the bathroom mirror or the coffee machine.
Give a thoughtful gift
The present doesn't have to be expensive or over-the-top. The goal here is to show your spouse that he or she was on your mind by making a thoughtful gesture. You could swing by your partner's favorite coffee shop for some whole beans on your way home from work, for example, or you could surprise your sweetie with concert tickets to see his or her favorite band or you could even get your lover a potted succulent for their office desk to keep that spark alive.