The early days of a relationship are often pretty sweet: You might get butterflies when you see their text pop up on your phone; they might sweep you off your feet with a romantic surprise; every date feels more magical than the last. But as time goes on, those fireworks eventually fade into a slow burn. Not only is that normal, it's healthy. By the time the intensity of a new relationship wears off, you're left with sturdy, long-lasting love underneath. Once the honeymoon phase ends, showing your long-term partner that you love them is still important — even if it might be trickier to keep things fresh. Saying "I love you" is nice, but showing it is even better.
Well, luckily for you, I'm in a long-term relationship, too, and I've put a lot of thought into sweet, sappy, and serious ways to keep the spark alive. I've brainstormed 15 ways you can show your partner how much they mean to you, beyond simply telling them so. Actions speak louder than words, so sometimes, all it takes is a little effort to make the person you love feel special and cared for. Ready to make their day?