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The best things in life, including relationships, take a bit of work.

When you’re in a long-term relationship, it can be easy for the romance to fade. So, if you want to stay happy and remain in love, here are 11 ways to keep the spark alive.

1. Communicate

Communication is key. You should be able to talk to your partner about everything.  Whatever is on your mind, whether it’s trivial or a big issue, share it. You should always feel like your partner is your best friend.

Spark in Relationship: How to Have a Strong Relationship2. Kiss Often

Start and finish each day with a kiss hello and goodbye. Kissing encourages intimacy; it keeps the excitement in the relationship. If you start your day off with a mini make out session, you’ll most likely find yourself smiling and daydreaming throughout the day. When you kiss often, you’re reminding each other that the passion is still there.

3. Be Intimate

In order to keep the affection alive in the relationship, you must make time to be intimate. Being intimate with each other lets you reconnect and have a moment just for each other. It keeps you close and sexually satisfied.

4. Have Dinner Together

Make time to have dinner together, and set the mood for a romantic scene. Take out your special dishes, light some candles, and enjoy each other’s company. Unwind together.

5. Avoid Comfy Clothes

It’s easy to remind yourselves that you’re still attracted to one another when you dress up for each other. When you’re lounging around your home, getting “dressed” in almost anything but sweatpants and basketball shorts keeps you from getting too comfortable. It allows the relationship to maintain some sexiness.

6. Send Each Other Gifts

Occasional gifts are a sweet way to show someone that you adore them. Sending your woman flowers or edible arrangements is always a good idea. Gifting your man with a cigar or one of his favorite bottles of alcohol is so appreciated. It’s the thought that counts, not the gift that’s important.

When your partner receives a surprise gift with a sweet note, they feel special and are thinking about you all day.

7. Appreciate Each Other

Don’t hold back how you feel about each other. Saying how much you care reminds both of you why you started dating. No one ever dislikes hearing something such as “you’re amazing” or “I really care about you and feel so lucky to have you in my life.”

8. Dont Talk About Work

Indulge in time that’s all about you two. Share the occurrences of your daily lives, your interests, and your passions. Remember to stay tuned into each other’s lives.

9. Make Time To Laugh

Laughing together helps keep your relationship light and stress free. Couples that laugh together are more satisfied in their relationships, so bring on the jokes and silly comments.

10. Celebrate Everything

Celebrate the good and the bad. When you’re a supportive partner, everything seems special.

11. Make a List

Make a list of all the things you love about each other. Hang it up somewhere that you can both see it each day. Reminding yourself why you fell in love is essential.

Carly Spindel

Carly Spindel is a Dating and Relationship Expert. She grew up in the Matchmaking industry. Carly was trained by Janis Spindel, the Matchmaker to all Matchmakers, and has been unofficially in the matchmaking industry her entire life. For the past six years, she’s been happily matching couples. Carly has been featured on Good Day NY, Sunrise Australia, and Eyewitness News. Her dating expertise has been featured on websites such as Elite Daily, StyleCaster, Huffington Post, and Jdate.

Carly has a profound understanding of the dating scene and knows what it takes to find and keep a successful relationship. Carly works with commitment-minded singles who are looking for love. Her motto is that love makes everyone’s lives better.


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