One of the great things about being in a romantic, loving relationship is that there’s no end of new and exciting romantic ideas for things that you and your lover can do together to grow closer and make your relationship or marriage more exciting. But the best activities to share together are the simple ones, and sometimes after a romantic meal or date the perfect thing to do is curl up together on the couch and pop in a romantic movie.
Notice I say “curl up together on the couch.” I’m personally not a big fan of movie theaters when it comes to building romantic relationships; movie theaters are dark, they don’t encourage interaction, and aside from holding hands it’s difficult to pay much attention to your lover while you’re there. Building a better romance is all about sharing private time together and getting to know each other better, and it’s just tough to do that in a dark, packed movie theater.
Here’s the secret to watching a romantic movie with your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend: it needs to be an active experience, not a passive one. It’s a great chance for you and your lover to whisper to each other, hold each other and learn about each other’s romantic tastes. Pick out a romantic DVD or video that both of you will enjoy, whether it’s a romantic comedy, a modern romance or a romantic classic. (By the way, I’m a huge fan of Casablanca, but I’ll leave the movie choice up to you!)
And unlike being in a movie theater, talking and interaction should be encouraged when you’re watching a romantic film with your lover! Use this time to laugh together, to comment on how much you like certain characters, or to find out what your sweetheart thinks about romantic situations in the movie. Romantic movies often concentrate on topics that pop up frequently in relationships, and watching them together is a great chance for you and your partner to talk about what you would do if those situations occurred to you.
Having said that, though, there comes a time to shut your mouth, cuttle with each other, and just watch the movie! Turn the lights down low, have a good bottle of wine nearby to share, and make sure your hands pay attention to your lover while your eyes are on the television screen.
Watching romantic movies together is a relationship cliche for a reason: because it’s a terrific way to build a better relationship and spend time together. So go find a good romantic flick, shun the movie theater, and snuggle up on the couch together tonight!