A lot of people try to figure out how to romance their mate for special holidays like Valentine’s Day or birthdays, but some couples have a head start on the celebration. Why? They have figured out that making time for each other on a regular basis is linked to lots of relationship benefits.
According to The Date Night Opportunity, a 2012 report released by the National
Marriage Project, couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week:
Couples who are the most likely to benefit from a regular date night are the ones who use it as an opportunity to do more than just the old standby of dinner and a movie. Doing fun things together feels good. When you do this with your partner your brain associates these times with pleasure.
Report co-author W. Bradford Wilcox stated that:
It is always a good time to celebrate your own marriage and/or the marriages of those around you. Marriage is like anything else in life…cars, plants, or your body. If you don’t do preventive maintenance, a major overhaul could be on the horizon.
Most marriages begin with romantic love that is linked to passion, excitement and an overwhelming sense of attraction to the one you love. Over time the passion fades. Date nights have the potential to take your ho-hum marriage and make it spicy and meaningful again.
If couple time hasn’t been a part of your regular routine, here’s a challenge:
Who knows? You might be surprised at the difference “couple time” makes in your relationship.