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15 Secrets for September Love

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With all of the kafuffle over Kristen Stewart's kissing indiscretion with the married producer of Snow White, it was refreshing to see news of Hollywood’s longest lasting couples cross the Internet. Whether or not the on-screen and off-screen Twilight Saga lovers, Stewart and Robert Pattinson, will reunite is anyone's guess.  If they really love each other, perhaps they should began asking long-time celebrity couples the secrets to love's success. Or they might just retreat from the media madness and begin talking September walks. 

The moon is beginning to approach the glorious colors of September and October that many might recall from the movie Moonstruck. As I thought about summer approaching fall, I was reminded of this earlier column and quotes from the author of "Love" Dr. Leo Buscaglia.

  • "What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity."
  • "Love is life.  If you miss love, you miss life."Leo Buscaglia Quotes

15 ways to take a stand on love in September

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1.   Say to your love when you awake in the morning:  "What can I do for you today that will make your life easier and less stressful?"  Then do it.

2.   Go to an outdoor concert and kiss each other in public.

3.   Write a love note - a real love note and send it via the US Mail.  Here's a simple start:  "I love you for a million reasons, here are the top three."

4.   Send flowers to his or her office for no reason other than to say "I love you."

5.   Set aside time to give the gift of listening. Make a date if you must, in your own home or at a quiet little place in the neighborhood for coffee or a drink and just listen to each others thoughts.

6.   Remember when he or she says, "I wish I had one of those" and then, if it's affordable - buy it for no reason other than to say, "I love you."

7.   Find a picture of the two of you smiling happily, frame it or put it up on the frig with a note that says, "I love to see us happy."

8.   Serve breakfast in bed - champagne, crumpets, and strawberry jam.

9.   Leave a single rose on the bed or chocolates under the pillows - as they do in grand hotels.

10.  Find a funny - laugh out loud - card and mail it.

11.  Jump in puddles after a rainstorm - it will trigger oxytocin, the love hormone!

12.  Go to a mushy movie, sit in the back row and touch each other and kiss wildly.

13.  Relish September breezes and take a long walk hand-in-hand.

14.  Leave a love note on the bathroom mirror. 

15. Learn what men want you to know about them: 18 secrets men want you to know pictures slideshow - MedicineNet

What are the advantages of bringing romance into your life?

  • You will feel healthier because you will sleep better.
  • Romantic thoughts will stir up sexual feelings that help give your immune system a boost.
  • You will smile more often through the day and your joy will be contagious.

Copyright 2012 Rita Watson/ All Rights Reserved

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Rita Watson, MPH, is an Associate Fellow at Yale's Ezra Stiles College and a columnist for The Providence Journal.

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