“Pure love asks for nothing in exchange. It makes light what otherwise is heavy. It carries a burden without feeling its weight. It is never weary, considers nothing impossible, and is ready to suffer all things. Such love is eternal. Such love has nothing in common with human desire…”

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Hindu philosopher  Below are some ways to make love to your partner without having sex.

1. Share hobbies and learn new things together.

Travel together, go for a hike, get ice cream, go on bike rides.  These are just a few things you can do together.  If you have a hobby, share it with your partner and show him/her how to participate if they wish.

Going antiqueing, motorcycle riding, picnicing in the park,  and boating can be very romantic things to do if you do it right.

2. Be affectionate.

Holding hands, hugging, snuggling, and kissing are wonderful ways of showing someone you care.  Leaving a love note on your partner’s pillow, a sticky note on the mirror or a sweet text during the day shows your partner that you’re thinking of them when you’re not together.

We feel loved when we are touched. We feel wanted when we receive kind words of encouragement from a partner. Affection is a point of contact that enhances emotional, spiritual and physical relief.

3. Build a strong friendship.

Building a strong friendship creates a sound foundation for your relationship.  Friends are chosen based on respect, the fun we have when we’re together and whether their values are similar to our own.

When we look at just those three criteria, aren’t they the essence of what makes any long-term romantic relationship successful?

4. Connect through food.

Women love men who cook, and it is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Even if you cannot cook, just picking out a meal at a restaurant and enjoying the moment together is enough to feel good.

Food connects us through cultures, heritage, and social events. We need it for health and fueling our bodies.

5. Communicate openly with each other.

The ability to tell each other thoughts, feelings and wants is so important to a relationship. Good, open, and honest communication is like oil to a car.  Get to know each other by breaking down the barriers of embarrassment and shame.

Be honest with one another about those things that scare you. To fully give of yourself to another requires the expansion of vulnerability. It forces you to put down your walls and give all of yourself.

This article was republished from dailyvibes.org. You can find the original post here.

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