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Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? You felt free to be goofy, to say what was on your mind and to be affectionate whenever you wanted to, and being self-conscious wasn’t even a concept you understood? That’s what it feels like when you’re really in love too. In the best relationships, you work at keeping that childlike energy alive. Here are a few ways to do it.

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Walk around the house naked

Close your blinds and curtains, so you don’t receive an angry call from the neighbors, and blast the heater so you don’t go numb in unfortunate areas, and strip down. Do your daily chores around the house nude, watch TV nude, take naps nude—do it all nude!

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Why it’s great

When you’re a kid, you don’t worry for a second if your butt isn’t perky or you have a little tummy. You feel so free when you’re naked! Walking around nude with your partner reminds you both not to take yourselves so seriously. You’re flipping bacon with your nipples out, after all. How serious can life really be? And you’ll probably have sex a few times that day, too. That can’t hurt.

 

 

 

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Eat no-no food

You probably both have a list of no-no food. Whether you’re of the bacon cheeseburgers and onion rings persuasion, or have a weakness for candy, you and your man have foods that, once you start eating them, you can’t stop, but man does it feel good to be bad. Set a night, pick up those foods, and eat them together with a movie on.

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Why it’s great

We spend so much of our days restricting ourselves, following rules, and doing what we have to do at any given moment, instead of what we feel like doing. Gorging on your guilty snacks together is enjoying a moment of pure freedom together. It’s also a bit nostalgic—it takes you back to the days you didn’t constantly worry about calorie count. Don’t worry: you can go for a long jog together tomorrow to work it off. But for tonight, enjoy the moment.

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Sleep on the floor, in a tent

Remember when you were a kid how exciting it was to build a fort in the living room and sleep in there with your best friend? It felt like an adventure. There was an energy in the air, all because you weren’t sleeping in your bed. Do this with your partner.

Why it’s great

After being together for a while, your bed can become a place that’s just associated with sleep. When you began to date, it was associated with cuddling, staying up all night talking about nothing at all, and having lots of sex. It can be hard to get that back in your old bed that you’ve slept hundreds of nights together in now, worrying about early meetings and setting alarm clocks. So, move to the living room. The novelty of the setup will have you up talking, and acting like a new couple again.

 

 

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Take a bubble bath

Kids love bubble baths! When you were a child, that bubble bath—with its toys and mountains of foam—felt like a world of its own. Time didn’t exist in there. You were so safe and warm, and free to splash around. Fill up the tub with some suds for you and your partner.

 

 

 

 

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Why it’s great

For some reason, bubble baths make time stop. It could be because the bathroom is the one place there (usually) aren’t telephones, electronics, stacks of mail and other things that constantly draw your attention to responsibilities. Bubble baths are also immensely relaxing, with the warmth and the smell of aromatherapy soap. Being that relaxed with your partner can be bonding.

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Take naps

Nap times were mandatory when you were a kid. At the time, you didn’t want your nap, but today I bet you’d give anything for one. So, on the weekends, put the time aside to take a nap with your partner.

 

 

Why it’s great

Naps reduce stress and are even heart-healthy. We often don’t realize that we’re sleep-deprived, but when we are, the smallest issues seem big, and we have a harder time handling emotional stress. In other words, being sleep deprived can lead to more arguments in our relationships. Taking naps can reduce them.

Go to the zoo

Most people think zoos are just for kids, or for grownups who have kids. But if you’re neither, that’s okay. Pack a picnic basket and go to the zoo with your partner.

 

 

Why it’s great

Zoos are great for you and your partner because, well, they’re full of kids! Kids, with their endless curiosity, the ease with which they are amazed and impressed, and their ability to laugh at the silliest things, like a bamboo’s pink butt. It’s good to be around that energy. It’s infectious.

 

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Make a mess

Man did making a mess feel good when you were a kid. Kicking over a lego castle, playing in mud, jumping in a pile of leaves…Make a contained mess with your partner. Make the messiest recipe you can think of in the kitchen, get flour everywhere, and leave the cleanup for tomorrow.

 

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Why it’s great

Cooking with your partner is inevitably filled with silent questions like “Did you really think that was a good way to wrap that?” or “Who do you expect to pick that up?” or “Isn’t there a cleaner way to cut that!?” All of those worries take the fun out of creating something together, like cookies! Make a deal that you just won’t think about the cleanup today—just this once—and you’ll get to it tomorrow. You can finally focus on how much fun you’re having.

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Prank somebody

A harmless prank, of course. But come up with a funny way to pull a prank on one of your best friends or family members. Spend days planning it with your partner so that it will be executed perfectly.

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Why it’s great

Pranks were a blast as a kid, and do you want to know why? They gave us a chance to see people in a different light than we usually do. Getting someone who is usually calm and composed to freak out is—let’s face it—hilarious, but it’s also humanizing. If your prank is harmless, the prankee is usually happier in the end. Everybody can use a laugh. It’s fun to create that for somebody else with your partner. Plus you get to be mischevious together.

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