Relationships can be difficult, and they require a certain amount of hard work to keep the spark alive.
If you want to keep your relationship fresh and invigorated, you have to show your partner that you don’t take her for granted.
Remember important dates such as her birthday, Valentine’s Day, your wedding anniversary, or the day you first met.
Cook a meal for her, book a romantic weekend away at a hotel, or simply help her with the household chores.
“Some of us want to hear how wonderful we are, some of us want to spend quality time alone with our sweeties, some of us want a partner who can lighten the load, and some of us want surprises and lovely gifts,” said Theresa Goyette Ceniccola. “I think the most romantic man is the one who understands what makes his woman happy and is willing to do it – even if it doesn’t come naturally to him.”
Romance comes down to showing your partner that you love, cherish, and appreciate her through your words and actions.
And if you’re still wondering how to be romantic, simply ask.
I polled several women to find out what men could do to be more romantic.
Their answers ranged from simply being considerate to helping her to spend a few hours without the kids.
What follows is a selection of the women’s responses.
18 Ways to Be Romantic
“Be considerate. Be helpful. Be mindful.” – Allison R.
“The best romantic advice a man can remember is to keep dating your wife.” – Kris Cain
“A soft kiss on my neck does it for me.” – Shalonda Smith
“I melt a little when he cleans the kitchen after Sunday morning breakfast.” – Tammy Bucher Pennington
“Small gestures every day always mean more than anything else.” – Jessica Oliverez
“Plan everything so that she doesn’t have to do a single thing to make the day/night special.” – Amanda Mouttaki
“Spontaneity is an aphrodisiac.” – Natasha Nicholes
“Do the laundry. Drive carpool. Bring home dinner. Flowers are cool too.” – Carissa Toscano Garabedian
“Never stop complimenting your wife.” – Heather H.
“Turn off your video game and let ME pick what we watch after the kids are in bed.” – Sara Dawkins Phillips
“Cook a meal in your briefs, and wash your lady’s hair.” – Norvella Brooks
“Show your sensitive and thoughtful side by writing romantic notes and placing them in her purse to surprise her.” – Kennedy K.
“Getting a sweet text or phone call daily is nice.” – Jen Laurence-Snipes
“Pay attention, period. All the most romantic gestures stem from paying attention.” – Judy Haley
“Saying thank you and I appreciate you means so much.” – Julie Smith Franklin
“Spontaneous gestures are the best – foot massages, offers to take me to my favorite store, or even a public mushy Facebook status update.” – Shelly Ismail
“Surprise me by bringing home a bottle of my favorite soda (or wine) or giving me a back rub without return expectations.” – Thien-Kim L.
“Being a good listener is the most romantic thing you can do. – “Cindy Schultz
Why It’s Important for Men to Be Romantic
When you put in effort to romance your partner, it leads to improved satisfaction, sex, and emotional connection.
Simple romantic acts such as giving flowers, writing love notes, planning candlelit dinners, or slow dancing can make your partner feel appreciated.
By making romance a priority, you can create deeper bonds that strengthen your relationship.
Frederick J. Goodall is the Editor-in-Chief of Mocha Man Style, media spokesperson, event host, photographer, and a top social media influencer in Houston, TX. He likes to write about fashion, cars, travel, and health.