5. Don't Forget Romance

Keep in mind that romance is an important element of marriage. Your partner might consider romance as the true measure of his or her value to your relationship. Be thoughtful and try doing something sweet for no apparent reason.

In 2004,, O, the Oprah Magazine and conducted a survey about love. The survey found that romance is central to people's definition of love: Ninety-four percent [of people surveyed] responded that giving flowers, holding hands or taking your partner for a night out are hallmarks of love. Also, about two-thirds of respondents characterized chores like taking out the trash and doing the dishes as acts of love.

Step 6: Remember the 4-minute rule


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