"I still love him; I'm just not in love with him anymore."
How many times have you heard (or maybe even said) this cliché sentence? What does it even mean? What is the difference between loving someone and being in love with a person?
The answer is passion.
Passion is the difference between loving a person and being in love with a person. Passion is the difference between a long-lasting, healthy, and happy relationship or a slowly dying, soul-sucking relationship.
But passion is tricky. Passion just appears in the beginning of an intimate relationship. It comes to us in the form of hormones and chemicals that make us feel tingly and excited inside every time we see that new person we're dating.
Then, after about 18 months or so, passion gets lazy. Our hormones calm down, and our chemicals normalize. Our bodies and minds start getting comfortable in the relationship.
All of a sudden, we're expected to work for our passion. If we don't put in more effort and time, passion will completely disappear.
Don't worry, though. Bringing back the passion isn't hard — it just takes daily action. Here are nine little tricks that'll help you keep (or renew) the passion in your relationship.