If your partner’s love language is physical touch, and you’re looking to infuse some creativity into your routine, here are 5 ways to show your love (outside of the bedroom).
- A 6-second kiss
John Gottman’s research shares the importance of smooching your partner – and more than just an obligatory peck. Gottman recommends making it a part of your daily routine when your partner leaves for work or returns after a long day. Don’t worry about pulling out the timer – just make it long enough to feel romantic.
- Take a massage class together
Check your local community college for massage therapy classes the two of you can take together. This will make it easier to plan for babysitters in advance if needed. Then practice your new skills on each other. If a class feels like too much effort, pick up a book like Feet First from the library.
- Play with his/her hair
Is there anything better than when your hair stylist shampoos and massages your scalp? No need to give your spouse a blow-out – just sitting together on the sofa with their head in your lap while you stroke their hair can show affection and feel like a bonding experience.
- Take a yoga class together
Yoga provides a plethora of physical and emotional benefits – from stress relief to increasing energy and flexibility. Taking a class together can loosen up your bodies and be a nice primer to either a dinner out or sexy time in.
- Make eye contact
With so many things competing for our attention, putting devices down and simply making eye contact may feel rudimentary, but the science backs this up! Eye contact with your partner decreases stress hormones and releases oxytocin or bonding chemicals to help you feel more connected.