Valentine's Day is a day for grand romantic gestures, but fleeting 'everyday romance' binds couples together for the long haul.
Valentine's Day is a unique holiday with a focus on romantic love. The expression of romance flows easily and often when a couple feels secure in their relationship.
Most people believe that romance is the over-the-top expression of love and affection that occurs predominately at the beginning of a relationship and then, over time, fades away. But unfortunately, romantic fading is often considered normal, inevitable, and unstoppable.
However, it's the steady romantic nurturing through emotional and sexual engagement that nurtures the intimate bond. As a result, solid romantic bonds have increased health, vitality, and life expectancy.
BRIEF SHARED MOMENTS, KNOWN AS ‘POSITIVITY RESONANCE,’ IS A POWERFUL PREDICTOR OF HOW HEALTHY WE’RE GOING TO BE IN THE FUTURE AND HOW LONG WE’LL LIVE. -ROBERT LEVENSON, UC BERKELEY-
New research shows that strong, intimate relationships are more critical to health, vitality, and longevity than previously thought. In addition, some data suggest that a loving bond is more critical to good health and longevity than diet and exercise.
It's Everyday Romance That Matters Most
These health and longevity benefits don't require grand sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic gestures, expensive gifts, or exotic vacations but rather "…fleeting moments when you light up together and experience sudden joy, closeness, and intimacy…" Intimacy grows in these daily 'fleeting moments' of eye contact, encouraging words, soft touches, and sexy, flirty exchanges. So enjoy one another today but remember to add a sprinkle of 'everyday romance' tomorrow and throughout the year!
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