They say that with age goes passion, that spark between partners unable to stay lit over time. The Telegraph recently reported on a study finding how retirement puts a strain on relationships, stating “Four in 10 [retirees] polled admitted they needed to learn how to live with each other again now that the children have left home and they are no longer committed to work.” Yet we all know that couple that proves to be an exception to that rule. So how do they do it? How do they keep the spark alive even through retirement? Well, here are a few tips that can help stoke that flame.
If you’re already in a relationship, then you’ve already gotten used to those dinners with your significant other. But now, those nights are nothing like the first few dates you two had, swapping stories over candlelit dinner. The romance that’s been missing isn’t going to conjure itself up; you have to be proactive in creating it. So, light your own special candles and set them on the dining table. Turn down the lights; grab your best dishes. It’s not the food. It’s the mood. Make it heavy.
Less Casual Wear
Nothing screams “safe” like a dirty T-shirt and over-sized gym shorts. You don’t have to go all out wearing fancy, name brand clothing at home all the time, but mixing in more clothes that don’t look like they were the last thing hanging in the closet will go a long way toward maintaining romance.
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Compliment Each Other
A lot of people like to say that they’re immune to flattery. They’re, of course, wrong. A well placed compliment from a genuine place can melt any cold heart. Tell someone how good they look and they’ll feel how good they look. Indeed, the pen is mightier than the rose.
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On the Market
If you’re not in a relationship, it’s still possible for you to find that special someone even now. Sure, you can’t exactly hit the bars like back in the day, but there are some places where you can meet other like-minded singles. Retirement communities like Sunshine Retirement company are a great example, offering retirees a place not only to eat and rest, but also a place to socialize.
It’s said kids today aren’t properly educated on how much work life really is. Well, perhaps no one has been truly taught that love takes work too. Put some in you’ll get something out!