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What exactly is “romance”?

“I need more romance in my life.”

“We had a romantic dinner but the restaurant was noisy.”

“He used to be more romantic…back in the early days.”

Romance can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But what is it at the heart, essentially?

It’s important to think outside of the box before defining it. It’s not about the act of giving flowers or an engagement ring at just the right moment. It’s beyond a mere action.

Romance is a state of mind. It’s a way you live your life and interact with your partner every day. Romance is a an extension of gratitude. When you are truly grateful for your significant other, that deep feeling of thankfulness has a ripple effect in all the ways you interact with him or her.

Romance is almost always attached to relational love but it can just as easily be transferred to other interpersonal relationships that you deeply appreciate. Think of romance as love, radiating. Well then a family member or friend (or even a stranger) can receive that kind of appreciative love.

So be romantic today. In any of your interactions. Look at others through the eyes of love. Because that is love, essentially.