Morning tea ritual
Architectural designer Lily Piper Worth appreciates how her husband makes tea for her every morning. She’s a health-conscious person who enjoys yoga and acupuncture, so it’s a meaningful gesture. “He makes tea that includes local honey, a lemon and hot water in a BPA-free bottle he bought me,” she says. Lisa Bahar, a licensed psychotherapist, explains that small thoughtful gestures are “reassuring indicators that communicate commitment and love and most of all, respect.” Whether it’s putting dirty socks in the hamper instead of leaving them on the floor or getting fuel for her car and anything in between, Bahar adds, “the cliché ‘the little things matter’ is true.”
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Putting toothpaste on the toothbrush
Oral hygiene may not be the first thing that comes to mind in the romance department, but for Misty Lister, a public relations account executive, it is. “The one thing that really fills my heart with joy is he prepares my toothbrush every morning, sometimes at lunch, and every night before bed,” she says of her partner. “He doesn’t ever say a word, nor do I. He just puts toothpaste on my toothbrush and leaves it on the edge of the sink for me to find whenever I’m ready. And it’s totally romantic because having a clean mouth means you’re very kissable!”
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Loving face caresses
Karin Lazarus Kienzlen, a customer relations specialist who is coming up on her sixth wedding anniversary, says her husband’s caring touch is especially meaningful. “One of the many things Joe does that I find extremely romantic is when I’m falling off to sleep at night or waking in the morning, he reaches over and cups my face with his hand,” she says. “It’s a lingering ‘you have my heart’ touch. He calms my soul.” Dr Marni Amsellem, PhD, a licensed psychologist, explains that small romantic gestures are beneficial to a relationship. “Some of the most memorable things that partners can do for each other are these thoughtful and personalised gestures which communicate care or love,” she says. “Consequently, these actions can directly promote bonding and facilitate intimacy.”