Looking for the best way to connect with your partner? Romantic touches are important in any healthy relationship. They accomplish so much: they reduce anxiety, increase trust, and create a stronger bond. Your lover will feel more appreciated if you take a moment to touch them. The feeling is mutual! Who doesn’t love when their partner runs their fingers through your hair when they walk past you? For a stable relationship in which you feel connected every time you’re together, try these tips!
1. Hold hands
This might seem like an obvious suggestion, but truth be told a lot of couples who’ve been together for a long time seem to have forgotten how important this is in terms of bonding. You aren’t strangers; you aren’t platonic friends. You are a romantic couple! Holding hands should be a no-brainer. It’s the easiest way to remind your partner that you love them and can be done anywhere public — at the cinema, a restaurant, or even in church — without causing a stir.
2. Hand kisses
This is really old school. It’s like something you would imagine a classy gentleman doing 100 years ago when trying to court a bright-eyed lass. But it’s still something you should totally do today. It’s subtle, it’s cute, and it reminds the woman that she is the princess to her man’s prince. Isn’t this how every relationship ought to be? And, hey, if you’re a girl you can surprise your guy by grabbing his hand and giving it a kiss too! Who among us doesn’t want to feel like they’re in a fairytale relationship?
3. Hair strokes
When cuddling, make sure to run your hands through your partner’s hair. Good feelings of love all around! It’s also a perfect romantic gesture when you’re in a long line waiting to buy tickets or whatever. If you’ve got all this idle time, why not let everybody around you know that you’re in love?
4. Loving “walking past you” touches
When you’re passing each other in opposite directions, use this as an opportunity to give them a good smack to the butt? Or briefly interlace your fingers or stroke their arm as you walk past. This is an intimate touch that only takes a few seconds, but your significant other will remember it for the entire rest of the day.
5. Dance together
Lacking in the dancing skills department? Your partner could care less! Put together a playlist of your favorite songs — it can even be a mix of slow dance music and high-intensity pop songs – grab your partner, and cut the rig in the kitchen or living room! Want to be super spontaneous? Ditch the playlist and just belt out a few songs of your own! She/he might think you’re a big goofball, but they will be so happy that you thought of the idea with them in mind!
Don’t underestimate the power of a good old fashion hug. It’s yet another simple gesture, but one that makes you feel great all day. Studies have found that hugging your partner for about 30 seconds releases endorphins and other chemicals that lift your mood. It’s a great way to connect with your partner no matter the time of the day, but especially when they’re coming home after a stressful workday. You can even throw in a “You complete me” because why not?
7. On public transport
Just because you’re on a city bus, it doesn’t mean you can’t show any affection. These are the best times to hold hands or even rest your head on his/her shoulders. If no seats are available and you’re left standing, take the opportunity to hold each other tightly. It not only serves as a reminder of your romantic feelings, it serves a practical purpose since it helps prevent you from stumbling over when the bus driver makes a sharp turn!
8. Hands on cheeks
This might seem like something you only see happening in some romantic chick flick, usually accompanied by the pair professing their love for each other, but why not allow life to imitate art? Put a hand on each of your partner’s cheeks and say something affectionate to them!
Who doesn’t love a good massage, especially if it’s being given by a romantic partner? Massage your lover’s back or shoulders from time to time, especially when they aren’t expecting it. Not only will they appreciate it, it will really alleviate whatever stress they are feeling. And don’t worry if you aren’t a pro at it. It’s the thought that counts!
10. The kiss
When you’re at the start of the relationship, the kiss is what really seals the deal. But just because you’ve been together for a while, it doesn’t mean kissing should be reserved for foreplay. Get back into the habit of kissing, even if it’s a quick peck on the lips. You’ll both feel so loved!