...By Henry George for TDPel Media.
Netflix’s U-turn on password sharing has caused a global uproar.
For many non-cohabiting couples, sharing passwords has become a virtual token of commitment, similar to giving someone a spare key.
These small acts of intimacy are known as “micromance”, and they can make a big difference.
Finding the little joys and magic in the mundane is key, as well as discovering small, non-expensive ways to show love and affection.
This article explores some of those ways, such as domestic chores, small gifts, sharing interests, or even watching other couples together.
One of the most important things in a relationship is finding ways to show love and affection, and sometimes that means thinking small.
Big romantic gestures can be great, but it’s often the small things that make a relationship work.
Instead of expensive holidays or fancy dinners, it’s about finding joy in the everyday, like lounging around on a lazy Sunday or sharing a snack together.
In fact, studies have found that couples who bond over bad behaviours build more intimacy than those who go for a run.
Another way to show love is by actively not listening sometimes.
Trusting your partner when they say they don’t care about doing anything for their birthday or Valentine’s Day is important.
But sometimes, bringing back a care package from the corner shop anyway can show your partner that you care.
Sharing interests and hobbies is also a great way to show love.
Whether it’s buying someone a snow globe to add to their collection or picking up a Snickers bar because it reminds you of your first cinema date, these small acts show that you pay attention and care about what they care about.
It’s also important to find uncommon interests to share, like watching couples together or exploring hidden corners of the city.
Finally, true generosity is at the heart of all pleasure.
Being generous with your time, your attention, and your love is what makes a relationship work.
Sometimes that means giving your partner the physical space they need to get a good night’s sleep, or being silly and absurd together in the name of laughter.
At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts.