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If you plan on going to dinner, buying flowers and candy to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, think again. Doing the same thing over and over, year after year, doesn’t bode well for sustaining love.

This year, do something new. Why? Because new experiences stimulate a part of the brain that brings feelings of romance. The key here is to add novelty to your relationship.

How do you do that this Valentine’s Day? Ditch the standard dinner out and try one of these 10 suggestions:

1. Do a couple’s spa night. Schedule the two of you for relaxation and pampering. Check online coupon sites for deals.

2. Show love to a stranger. The two of you could help out at a homeless shelter, children’s hospital or some place where showing love can bring joy to others.

3. Picnic somewhere scenic. Take a blanket, a basket of food and drink and find a beautiful spot to picnic. For those of us in more northern climates, it may have to be an indoor place with a view. Be creative. You might even drive to a scenic view and picnic in your car. If you have a fireplace, spread the picnic out on the floor!

4. Go to a nice hotel and truly get away (if you can afford it). Leave your devices alone and enjoy the time together.

5. Do something you never do. Sign up for a cooking class, go on a hike, go bowling or play laser tag.

6. Post love notes. Put little notes all over the house with clues on how to find the next one.

7. Be artsy. Write a poem, compose a song or create something that features a quote that express your love.

8. Recreate your first date. You may not be able to go back to the exact location, but you could use pictures, maps and reminders of the place. Then, create the date and relive the memory.

9. Create a surprise. Not knowing where you are going or what you are doing with only a few clues along the way, adds to the fun and novelty.

10. Reminisce. Pull out old photos and recall all those fun and romantic times you've shared. Put on soft music, candles and set the atmosphere for more to come!

This Valentine’s Day, add a shot of novelty to your relationship to bring a new passion. Romantic love doesn’t have to fade over time. It just needs a few shots of something new once in awhile!

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