What Is Romantic?

What is romantic? Surprisingly dictionaries describe romantic in circular terms such as “a romantic person, trait, or component.” What remains constant between sources is that the word romantic comes from Romanticism, the literary, artistic and philosophical movement in the 18th century.
The Romantic period heralded the awakening of man’s emotional nature through such noted poets as Byron, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth and Hugo and the great Romantic composers: Beethoven, Schubert, Berloiz and Bizet. In today’s vernacular, these heralded artists were perhaps in touch with their “feminine side.”…

Romance isnt based on sex, nationality, how you dress or how rich you are. Instead, I think it’s the joy of just spending time together… The joy of loving glances, hand holding, laughter, giggling and a lotĀ of smiling..

My conclusion about “romance” and “romantics” is that someone is romantic when they are perceptive of their significant other’s needs and take the time to show it. It may be a simple peck on the cheek, a well timed “I Love You” or a helping hand with the shopping, all signs that you are reading the “needs” of those you care about..

So what is a un-romantic person? It’s someone who is either oblivious to or non-responsive to the needs of those around him or her. Perhaps they spend too much time on the Internet or too much time at work and have forgotten what is really important in life. They’ve lost sight of the fact that jobs and Internet sites will come and go, but your family and significant others are the constants in your life…

By the way, romantic gestures are not just passionate gestures and are not limited to lovers but anyone who plays a role in your life, parents, children, siblings, friends, neighbours, co-workers and yes, even strangers. Practice what Oprah Winfrey calls a “random act of kindness” today and every day…

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