Your relationship began with the excitement of the next date, skin tingling and goose bumps and lots of warm fuzzy feelings. Unfortunately before you knew it those delicious beginnings faded and things became routine, familiar and just a tad boring even. Everything is exciting in the beginning because you were getting to know each other, and your new partner was something of a mystery to you. You spent a lot of time exploring each other in every way, but when you get to know each other enough the fun and excitement wanes and your relationship feels mundane. So what can you keep your relationship alive and exciting? Here are some great tips to bring back that loving feeling: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. When you are in love you want to spend every moment you can with them, but there is always too much of a good thing, and that can hurt your relationship. Spend some time apart perhaps catching up with friends and when you get back together again, you appreciate each other more. Be a person of your word. If you say you will do something, then, make sure you do it. The trick here is never to say you will do something that you don't intend to do. If you make a list of things you want to do then complete them. Showing that you can stick with your goals demonstrates that you are responsible and mean what you say. Your partner needs to know that you are reliable and responsible and this is important in building strength in your relationship. Change your routine. If everything you do together seems the same all the time, try new things together. One of you may be involved in something like donating blood or ballroom dancing, so why not go along and do these things together. As you do new things together you learn new things about each other, and yourselves. Don't stop dating - ever! Many men think that once they have their girl the dating and the chasing is over! Remember to make a date with your lover regularly. It is important to keep working on improving your relationship by making frequent times to get together and do something together - alone. This is especially important if you have been together for a while or have children. This is a time just for you, to talk uninterrupted and rediscover the couple part of who you are. Gift-giving. This is important to a lot of women in particular, but men also love to receive surprise gifts. Little things can mean a lot and that you thought of them and gave them a little something that holds a special meaning, can tell your lover something of the depth of feeling you have for them. It does not even need to be bought, sometimes a little note expressing a thought can uplift and warm your partners heart, and some love-notes mean so much that they are treasured forever. Good surprises. Every so often surprise your lover with something new. It gives both of you something to look forward to and makes every day more exciting, not knowing quite what is going to happen. One suggestion is to surprise your love at work with a lovingly prepared lunch, or if food preparation is not your thing, buy a few of her favourite foods and have an impromptu picnic lunch with her in her lunch break. Women love it when others can see that their man loves them and is thoughtful of them. "Remember when..." Men are not always big on details, but making the effort to relive some of the firsts in your relationship can tell your lover that you think about those times and value them. It helps to build shared memories and this can strengthen your love for each other. It also helps you two to remember why you fell in love to begin with and bring back some of those feelings of excitement. Set couple goals. While it is important to have dreams and goals to develop personally, it is also important to have goals that the two of you work together toward, growing together, and not allowing yourselves to drift apart. Tell them you love them. Tell your girl (or guy) how you feel about her (or him). Tell them that you love them and that they are important to you, and do this often. The number of ways you can do this is only limited by your imagination. If you struggle with being spontaneous, develop that side of you. Don't be afraid to try new things, and watch the spark and excitement in your relationship flourish. Building good relationships requires team work, not just once in a while but consistently. Many a good relationship has foundered and come apart due to one simple thing - neglect. Communication is the one thing that makes or breaks a relationship, so talk with each other often. Don't be afraid to share your thoughts, dreams and even fears with your mate. Guys, being romantic will go a long way to pulling your girl closer to you. Allowing her to see your softer side is okay and will actually help her know you and love you more. Give these tips a go and keep your relationship alive and exciting.