1001 Ways to Be Romantic

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"Greg Godek explains how to get the Woo in wooing." -Cosmopolitan

Are you getting enough love, passion, fun, ROMANCE?

Here are hundreds and hundreds of ideas and resources for transforming your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair.

—Flirt shamelessly with your partner, IN PUBLIC...

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More Than 1.6 Million Copies Sold!
Now Completely Revised and more Romantic than Ever

"Greg Godek explains how to get the Woo in wooing." -Cosmopolitan

Are you getting enough love, passion, fun, ROMANCE?

Here are hundreds and hundreds of ideas and resources for transforming your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair.

—Flirt shamelessly with your partner, IN PUBLIC . . .
—Write I LOVE YOU with soap on the bathroom mirror . . .
—STEAL a kiss, GIVE it back . . .

Plus much, much more, including gifts and gestures, setting the atmosphere, surprising your partner and the author's personal notes on the best of the best when it comes to ROMANCE.

"This book is different. It is practical. Pick it up. Pick a number between 1 and 1001. Do it . . . It will change your life!" -Wesley G., New York

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"When's she's traveling, arrange with an airline flight attendant to have a gift or flower delivered to her after the flight is airborne." "Go through revolving doors together." There are a thousand ways to whisper, "I love you," but probably just as many ways to botch the message. Fortunately, relationship coach Gregory Godek is here to sharpen our romantic vocabulary with an entire arsenal of love arrows. A revised edition of a resilient romantic favorite.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615510573
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory J.P. Godek, known worldwide as "America's Romance Authority," is a bestselling author and popular speaker. He has appeared on Oprah and Donahue, and he has taught his acclaimed Romance Class to groups as diverse as the U.S. Army, women's groups and business organizations.

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Once Upon a Time ...
... two people fell in love. Just like you. They did all the classic romantic things. But the passion faded after a few months. Is this inevitable??

Tip1a He gave her a dozen roses and a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day.

Tip 1b She wrote him long, romantic love letters. He sent her greeting cards.

Tip 1c They talked and cooed on the phone. During work. And late at night.

Tip 1d He took her to see every romantic movie that year.

Tip 1e He gave her perfume. She gave him cologne.

Tip 1f They celebrated special occasions with a bottle of champagne.

Tip 1g She served dinner by candlelight. He served breakfast in bed.

... They Lived Happily Ever After

Go beyond "Generic Romance." Couples with A+ Relationships* know the secret of creating unique and personal ways to express their love.

*How would you grade your relationship?
A = Passionate, exciting, loving, fulfilling; not perfect-but clearly excellent.
B = Very good, solid, better-than-most, consistent, improving.
C = Average, acceptable, status quo, okay-but static, ho-hum, sometimes boring.
D = Below average, unhappy, dismal; bad-but not hopeless.
F = Hopeless, depressing, dangerous; tried everything, it didn't work.

Tip 2
Give your lover a dozen roses-and do it with a creative twist. Give eleven red roses and one white rose. Attach a note that reads:
"In every bunch there's one who stands out-and you are that one."

Tip 3
Sending a birthday card isn't just a good idea, it's an obligatory romantic gesture. But how about doing something different this year? On your lover's birthday, send a "thank you" card to his/her mother.

Tip 4
Gallantry never really goes out of style. So every once in a while kiss her hand with a flourish. Note: The proper way to kiss a woman's hand is to lower your lips to her hand. You don't raise her hand to your lips.

Tip 5
Thoughtfulness is merely the beginning! True romantics know how to go "above and beyond the call of duty": Following a bubble bath you've prepared for her, wrap her in a towel that you've warmed up in the dryer.
** These are the secrets of turning your relationship into a love affair!

Little Things Mean a Lot Tip 6
Gift wrap a wishbone in a jewelry box. Send it to her with a note that says, "I wish you were here."

Tip 7
Unplug the TV. Put a note on the screen saying, "Turn me on instead."

Tip 8
Go through revolving doors together.

Tip 9
Keep candles in the car. Eat dinner by candlelight the next time you go to McDonald's.

Tip 10
Run your hands under hot water before joining your partner in bed(!)

Tip 11
Look-no, gaze-into each other's eyes more often.

Tip 12
Write him a little love note. Insert it into the book he's reading Chapter Theme Song:
"Love Don't Cost a Thing," Jennifer Lopez

**The relationship "secret" that's not really a secret: Express your love in lots of little ways.

**Pick wildflowers from a field or the side of the road.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Once Upon a Time     4
They Lived Happily Ever After     5
Little Things Mean a Lot     7
Bigger Is Better     8
Creative Gifts     9
Creative Gestures     10
Romance on a Budget     12
Spare No Expense     13
The Most Important Things I've Learned in Twenty Years of Teaching Romance     14
The Ten Commandments for Loving Couples     15
Left-Brained     16
Right-Brained     17
Romance for Dummies     19
Romance for Smarties     20
What's Your Romantic "Style"? (Men)     21
What's Your Romantic "Style"? (Women)     22
Flowers     23
Chocolate     24
Jewelry     26
Perfume     27
Champagne     29
Lingerie     30
It's Not What You Do-     31
-But How You Do It     33
To Do     34
I Do     35
Do's & Don'ts     37
Don'ts & Do's     39
Do     41
Don't     42
You Must Remember This     43
A KissIs Just a Kiss     45
A Sigh Is Just a Sigh     47
The Fundamental Things Apply     48
As Time Goes By     50
(Play It Again, Sam)     51
Love Notes (I)     52
Love Notes (II)     53
Freshman Lessons     55
Sophomore Lessons     56
Junior Lessons     57
Senior Lessons     58
Le Boudoir     59
La Cuisine     61
Love Notes (III)     62
Love Notes (IV)     63
"I Love You"     64
"Ai Shite Imasu"     66
Be Creative     67
Be Prepared     68
Always, Always, Always     70
Never, Never, Never     72
Gifts, Gifts, Gifts     73
Sex, Sex, Sex     74
Love Notes (V)     76
Love Notes (VI)     77
Lovesick     78
Prescriptions for Love     79
Help for the Hopeless     80
Hope for the Helpless     82
Travel Tips     83
A Suitcase Full of Romance     84
Fun & Games     85
Weird & Wacky     86
Cats & Dogs     87
Satin & Lace     89
Strategies & Examples     90
Beds Breakfast     92
Gifts & Presents     94
Presents & Gifts     96
Daily & Weekly     97
Monthly & Yearly     98
Yin & Yang     99
Yang & Yin     100
Mozart     101
Elvis     102
Lame Excuses (#'s 1-4)     104
Lame Excuses (#'s 5-8)     105
Lame Excuses (#'s 9-12)     106
Lame Excuses (#'s 13-14)     107
For Men Only     108
For Women Only     109
For Singles Only     110
For Marrieds Only     111
A Month of Romance: Week 1     113
A Month of Romance: Week 2     114
A Month of Romance: Week 3     116
A Month of Romance: Week 4     117
The Golden Rules of Romance     118
Rules Were Made to Be Broken     119
Be My Valentine!     121
Kiss Me, You Fool!     122
The Mathematics of Romance     123
The Calculus of Love     125
Couplehood     127
Parenthood      129
Erotica     130
Exotica     131
Creating an A+ Relationship     132
The Relationship Report Card     135
Common Sense     137
Uncommon Sense     138
It's the Thought That Counts     139
Actions Speak Louder Than Words     141
S.W.A.K.     142
G.M.F.L.     143
Can't Buy Me Love     144
I Want to Hold Your Hand     146
Help!     147
All You Need Is Love     148
At Home     150
At Work     151
Sweet Stuff     152
Kid Stuff     153
Funny Stuff     154
Cool Stuff     155
Dirty Stuff     157
Sex!     158
Surprise!     159
Celebrate!     160
Outrageous!     162
Passionate!     163
Games People Play     164
Games Lovers Play     165
Off the Wall     166
On the Wall     167
The Myths of Romance (I)     168
The Myths of Romance (II)     169
Men Are from Mars     170
Women Are from Venus      172
Men Are (Not) from Mars     173
Women Are (Not) from Venus     175
Tuning In     176
Fine Tuning     178
Starstruck!     180
Lovestruck!     181
I'm in the Mood for Love     183
I'm in the Mood for Chocolate     184
The Gospel According to Godek     186
The Gospel According to Godek (Revisited)     187
Getting Down To Business     188
Funny Business     189
Resources (I)     190
Resources (II)     192
Resources (III)     193
Resources (IV)     195
Slightly Outrageous     196
Quite Outrageous     197
Slightly Naughty     198
Quite Naughty     200
Shopping for Dummies     201
Advanced Shopping Strategies     202
Words of Love/Shakespeare's     204
Words of Love/Poetic     206
Words of Love/Your Words     207
Words of Love/the Ancients     209
Memorize This List     210
Memorize This List, Too     212
Togetherness     213
Twogetherness      215
Two     216
Two(II)     218
Gift Ideas (I)     237
Gift Ideas (II)     238
Gift Giving for Dummies     239
Gift Wrapping for Dummies     240
Television     241
Radio     242
1-800-Romance     244
www.romance.com     245
Concepts (I)     246
Concepts (II)     248
Erotica (I)     250
Erotica (II)     251
Happy Birthday! (I)     253
Happy Birthday! (II)     254
Money Makes the World Go 'Round     256
Love Makes the World Go 'Round     257
Do It Outside     258
Do It in Public     259
Just Do It!     260
Just a Little Bit Naughty     261
The Gift of Time     263
Time for Love     264
For Singles Only (I)     265
For Singles Only (II)     266
For Marrieds Only (I)     267
For Marrieds Only (II)     268
Merry Christmas     269
Happy Hanukkah     271
Happy Anniversary     272
Happy Birthday     273
Custom-Made      274
One-of-a-Kind     275
Do-It-Yourself     276
Hide-and-Seek     277
Creativity Exercises     278
Exercising Your Creativity     279
Go Away!     281
Bon Voyage!     282
Cars     283
Sports     284
Dining In     285
Dining Out     286
By the Number     287
By the Book     288
Engaging Ideas     289
Will You Marry Me?     290
Marriage Matters     291
Monogamy-Not Monotomy     292
(More) Kid Stuff     294
(More) Funny Stuff     295
(More) Cool Stuff     296
(More) Concepts     297
(More) Do-It-Yourself     298
(More) Custom-Made     299
(More) Surprises     300
(More) Flowers     301
(More) Romance on a Budget     302
(More) Bubble Baths     303
Thinking of You     304
Think Different     305
Choreography     306
Creativity     307
Cruisin'     309
Lovin'      310
Please, Mr. Postman     311
You've Got Mail     312
Mindset of a Romantic     313
Thinking Like a Romantic     314
Love Is     316
"Love Is..."     317
The Way to a Man's Heart     319
Recipes for Romance     320
Aphrodisiacs     321
(More) Recipes for Romance     323
Classic Romance     324
Classical Romance     325
Classic     326
Classy     327
Picture This     328
Picture Perfect     329
Flower Power     331
More Power!     332
Greg & Karyn     333
Heart & Soul     334
Moon & Stars     336
Science Fiction     337
Wonderful Weekends     339
Mark Your Calendar     340
February 14th     342
Valentine's Day     343
For Lovers-of Books     344
Sex-by the Book     346
Married...with Children     347
Kid Stuff     348
Rituals of Romance     349
Romantic Rituals     350
Oldies but Goodies      352
Oldies but Goodies: Movies     354
Movie Madness     355
Mad About You     356
Great Escapes     357
Getting Away from It All     358
An Anniversary Gift List     360
A Romantic Basics Checklist     361
Generating Ideas     362
Romantic Brainstorming     364
A Kick in the Pants     365
Motivating Your Partner to Be More Romantic     366
Motivating the Romantically Impaired     367
Attitude Adjustment Section     368
License to Love     369
Baby, You Can Drive My Car     371
Little Love Stories (I)     372
Little Love Stories (II)     373
Notes from an A+ Relationship     374
Recipe for an A+ Relationship     376
Romance Across America     377
Romance Around the Word     379
The Right Stuff     381
The Write Stuff     382
Real Men Are Romantic     383
Real Women Are Romantic     384
Guy Stuff     386
Gal Stuff     387
Characteristics of True Romantics     388
Characteristics of Crazy Romantics      390
Speaking of Love     391
Speaking of Romance     392
What's in a Name?     394
The Meaning of a Name     395
And Now for Something Completely Different     397
What Is Your Quest?     398
Getting to Know You     400
Staying in Touch     401
Messages     402
Massages     404
ABC     405
XYZ     408
FYI     409
Gift Ideas     410
Coupon Ideas     411
How to Understand Each Other     412
How to Bed & Breakfast     414
Soundtrack to a Love Affair     415
Guidelines for a Love Affair     417
Bubble Baths (I)     418
Bubble Baths (II)     419
A Touch of Class     420
A Touch     421
Work     423
Play     424
Sex Tips for Gals     425
Sex Tips for Guys     426
Romanti[Characters not reproducible] Ideas     426
Romantic Idea{dollar}{dollar}{dollar}     427
Lawyers in Love     429
MBAs in Love     430
Hearts (#'s 1-75)      431
In My Humble Opinion     435
My Personal Favorites     436
Best of the Best     438
Best Brief Advice     439
Top 10 Reasons to Be Romantic     440
Top 45 Reasons to Be Romantic     441
The End     442
The Beginning     443
Index     445
About the Author     451
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Great way to re-introduce romance into your life

    Easy to follow with great suggestions on how to fall in love the first or second time. I bought this for my husband for Valentine's Day and we spent the morning reading it together. A lot of fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    A reviewer

    I bought this for my boyfriend to give him ideas on how to be romantic. It really doesn't give clear ways to be romantic. It talks about romance, but doesn't tell the guy specifically how to do it. If you have to buy a book.. then it needs to be straight forward.. because the guy can't obviously listen or understand english from the women. I'm returning this book tomorrow. It even bored me...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Marriage survival kit

    I believe this is a very well thought book and I have enjoyed reading it. I will not be able to financially afford some of the ideas, but they are wonderful. This book helps you to go beyond your imagination in order to have a succesful marriage relationship. It can become a helpful tool for newlyweds also and a gift to preserve a lifetime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    I first looked at this book by borrowing it from the library and a soon as I flipped through it, I had to buy it! I'm slightly romantically challenged and can never think of things to express my love. This book is a great help! There seems to be more than 1001 ways too! Because each has sub-sections and there are just so many great ideas in here! I can't wait to do my first one.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Title says it all!

    If your love life is lacking, pick it up and read it! I gave it to my husband of 42 years, and I actually got a Mother's Day present this year!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Good for a laugh

    We bought this book hoping to get some useful tips, it really didn't work for us. The only thing we got out of it was a good laugh, so at least that's something.
    I wouldn't recommend this book. To be honest, I should have returned it but lost the receipt.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Save Your Money

    This book does have some good romantic ideas, but most are not meant for the average guy. If you really want to have a good relationship and make it romantic at the same time, get Romeo¿s Playbook instead. It¿s full of romantic ideas and other relationship advice that any man can do, even the most unromantic of them all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    Bigger isn't always better

    This book is decent, however it is filled with too many unimaginative ideas. Many suggestions are too expensive for the average person's budget. The author apparently added content just to reach the 1001 mark.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001


    My friend told me about this book and i have to say it's a very excellent and useful book.This book has alot of great ideas,suggestions and places to go to,plus it has alot of lists of movies,songs,romantic gifts and many other information.I think your partner would love them all. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    Over Hyped

    While this is a good book, it definitely doesn't deserve 5 stars. The ideas are plentiful, yet unimaginative for the most part. Some of the advice is just plain bad - too many suggestions on buying expensive gifts. A good book, just not great.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    The Champion Romantic¿s Playbook

    You can't swing a singing cherub in this book without knocking over a domino¿s row of romance fit to warm the chilliest November distempers. America¿s Romance Coach raises the bar on bliss, infuses our societal tryst, and allows us to choose our own plays, our own romantic kiss. His practical touches of romantic flavor spread generously throughout your daily behavior will bring you the moments you desire above all, and give you the words to converse when love calls. This is a book, a poem, a tome, a paradigm. A lesson in living, in loving our time we spend on this earth together, forever, striving to fill space vacated by the other. As heard in our youth and still true to this date, should you look to your love and have no good to say, forgo hitting mute and letting silence rule the day, buy a Greg Godek book, and feel your love propagate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2000

    Vive l'amour!! (Long live love!)

    I bought and read this book several years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the book then. The author not only give tips on keeping alive romance, but teaches how to have a romantic frame of mind. Some of the gift suggestions are expensive and 'out there,' but the wide variety of suggestions are more there to jumpstart a person's creativity. But, hey, cribbing suggestions is definitely allowed!! This book is not meant to be just checklist for a romantic evening; it's meant to make one's relationship with their 'best friend' more meaningful. After all, who deserves to be appreciated more than the person you've chosen to spend your time and life with?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Tons of Romance

    There is a whole lot of information in this book. But you have to wade through it a bit to find the real nuggets.

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