23 January 2005


My soulmate sent this to my inbox several days ago. I still don't know if there's a reliable formula to keep your relationships pulsating with excitement and love everyday, but after going over this list, I think it has a chance of making you and your better half enjoy a sweeter and spicier relationship.....

101 Steps for a Romantic Relationship

  1. Watch the sunset together.

  2. Take showers together.

  3. Back rubs/massages.

  4. Listen to classical music and cuddle in the dark.

  5. French Kiss - how often do you do this?

  6. Hold her with hands inside the back of her shirt.

  7. Whisper to each other.

  8. Cook for each other.

  9. Skinny dip.

  10. Make out in the rain - I think this one is great!.

  11. Dress each other.

  12. Undress each other.

  13. Kiss every part of their body.

  14. Hold hands.

  15. Sleep together - actually, this is more like sleep with each other, no sex involved, for a change.

  16. One word: foreplay - don't ask me what that is, guys. You should know that by now.

  17. Sit and talk in just underwear.

  18. Buy gifts for each other.

  19. Roses.

  20. Find out his/her favorite cologne or perfume and wear it every time you're

  21. Wear his clothes.

  22. Find a nice secluded place to lie and watch the stars.

  23. Incense/candles/oils/blacklights and music make for great cuddling or sex.

  24. Kiss at every chance you get - oh yes!

  25. Don't wear underwear and let them find out.

  26. Kinky is bad; blindfolds are good.

  27. Lightly kiss their collarbone and their jawbone just below the ear, then whisper I love you.

  28. Bubble baths.

  29. Go for a long walk down the beach at midnight.

  30. Make love....often.

  31. Write poetry for each other.

  32. Kiss/smell her hair.

  33. Hugs are the universal medicine.

  34. Say I love you, only when you mean it and make sure they know you mean it.

  35. Give random gifts of flowers/candy/poetry etc.

  36. Tell her that she's the only girl you ever want. Don't lie.

  37. Spend every second possible together - yes, because life is too short when you're in love.

  38. Tell her that she doesn't have to do anything she doesn't want to. And mean it.

  39. Look into each other's eyes.

  40. Very lightly push up her chin, look into her eyes, tell her you love
    her, and kiss her lightly.

  41. Talk to each other using only body language and your eyes.

  42. When in public, flirt only with each other.

  43. Walk behind her and put your hands in her front pockets.

  44. Put love notes in their pockets when they aren't looking.

  45. Clothes are no fun.

  46. Buy her a ring.

  47. Keep one of her bras somewhere where you see it everyday.

  48. Sing to each other.

  49. Read to each other.

  50. .... PDA = Public Display of Affection.

  51. Take advantage of any time alone together.

  52. Tell her about how you answered every question in math with her name.

  53. Draw. (If you can)

  54. Let her sit on your lap.

  55. Go hiking and camp out together in the woods or on a mountain.

  56. Lips were made for kissing. So were eyes, and fingers, and cheeks, and collarbones, and hands, and ears.

  57. Kiss her stomach.

  58. Always hold her around her hips/sides.

  59. Guys like half-shirts.

  60. Take her to dinner and do the dinner for two deal.

  61. Spaghetti (Ever see Lady and the Tramp?)

  62. Hold her hand, stare into her eyes, kiss her hand and then put it over your heart.

  63. Unless you can feel their heart beating, you aren't close enough.

  64. Dance together.

  65. Sit in front of a roaring fire and make out/make love.

  66. I love the way a girl looks right after she's fallen asleep with her head in my lap.

  67. Carry her to bed.

  68. Waterbeds are fun.

  69. So are trampolines.

  70. Do cute things like write I love you in a note so that they have to look in a mirror to read it.

  71. Break every one of your parent's relationship rules for them.

  72. Make excuses to call them every 5 minutes.

  73. Even if you are really busy doing something, go out of your way to call and say I love you - I do this often.

  74. Call from your vacation spot to tell them you were thinking about them.

  75. Remember your dreams and tell her about them.

  76. Ride your bike 8 miles just to see them for a few hours.

  77. Ride home and call them.

  78. Tell each other your most sacred secrets/fears.

  79. Somehow incorporate them into any kind of religion or worship you have.

  80. Be Prince Charming to her parents.

  81. Act out mutual fantasies together - not necessarily sexual

  82. Brush her hair out of her face for her.

  83. Stay up all night to think of 101 ways to be sweet to them.

  84. Hang out with his/her friends.

  85. Surprise visit her in her office and invite her to lunch/dinner.

  86. Take her to see a romantic movie and remember the parts she liked.

  87. Cuddle together under a full moon on a clear night.

  88. Learn from each other and don't make the same mistake twice.

  89. Everyone deserves a second chance - even a third, and a fourth chance.

  90. Describe the joy you feel just to be with him/her.

  91. Make sacrifices for each other.

  92. Really love each other, or don't stay together.

  93. Write a fictional story about how you met/fell in love, etc. and give it to them.

  94. Let there never be a second during any given day that you aren't thinking about them, and make sure they know it.

  95. Love yourself before you love anyone else.

  96. Buy her a charm bracelet/necklace with her name on it.

  97. Dedicate songs to them on the radio.

  98. Fall asleep on the phone with each other.

  99. Sleep naked together.

  100. Stand up for them when someone talks trash.

  101. Never forget the kiss goodnight. And always remember to say, "Sweet dreams."

We have been doing a good 75 percent of this list even before we encountered it. Some came from me, others from her. I guess you become creative when you are really in love.

And you don't have to wait for Valentines Day to be in love. You can be in love everyday.

Feel free to comment or add to the list activities which you think can help couples stay together longer and happier.

Other than laughter and hugs, love is, and will remain one of the best medicines around.

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