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Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - RELATIONSHIPS -

RO­MAN­TIC GES­TURES: 3 a month “Ro­man­tic ges­tures ben­e­fit both part­ners and build con­fi­dence in a re­la­tion­ship,” says Chris Daw­son, di­rec­tor at Hu­ma­need re­la­tion­ship coun­sel­lors. “The per­son re­ceiv­ing the ges­ture feels good be­cause their part­ner has con­sid­ered them. The per­son giv­ing the ges­ture feels good be­cause they’re mak­ing the per­son they love happy.”

But it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise the dif­fer­ences be­tween men and women when it comes to ro­mance. “Men of­ten con­sider prac­ti­cal things ro­man­tic,” says Daw­son. “If he’s chang­ing your tyre or tak­ing out the bin, he’s do­ing some­thing to help you. These things might seem triv­ial, but they al­low you to feel solid in your re­la­tion­ship. And what’s more ro­man­tic than that?”

Do it by: Learn­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate ro­mance doesn’t have to mean grand ges­tures. “The small­est things of­ten mean the most,” Daw­son says. “Run­ning some­one a bath, or do­ing

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