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How can I keep the spark in my romantic relationship?

Respect and affection are essential. Confide in each other. Go on dates, even small ones like visiting a coffee shop to chat. Spend time apart to develop your own friends and interests. Fight fairly-be specific about what's bothering you now; don't rehash the past or use blaming statements. Pick times to talk that are good for both of you; don't have a weighty discussion before bed after a long workday. Listen without multitasking, passing judgment or interrupting. Also, set goals, both individual ones and those you'd like to accomplish together, such as an amount of money to save for a house or vacation. Discuss any ideas that might affect those goals, such as going back to school.

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