Can a simple date night really make that much difference in a marriage? That’s a great question!
You probably know about the benefits of family meals and the preventative factors associated with pulling off this feat. For example, your children are less likely to try drugs and alcohol, and they’re more likely to do well in school. Believe it or not, the same thing applies to your marriage.
The Power of Connecting with Each Other
Eating meals together as a family and going on dates with your spouse are so impactful because of connectedness. Connecting in meaningful relationships such as marriage and family tends to make you feel more secure, supported, understood and valued. This usually leads to more positive interactions with loved ones.
Some find it hard to believe that simply going on regular date nights can actually enhance your marriage. Yet studies show that couples who engage in novel activities that are fun, active or otherwise arousing – from hiking and dancing to travel and card games – enjoy higher levels of relationship quality. Spending time together also counteracts your tendency to take each other for granted.
Regular date nights may potentially reduce unnecessary marital conflict, too. It’s because you’re actually making time to communicate with each other. Why is this a big deal? Because research indicates the average amount of time couples spend talking with each other per week is a whopping 17 minutes!
And, there are even more benefits. Date nights can:
- Intensify or rekindle that romantic spark,
- Help sustain the fires of lasting love, AND
- Strengthen your sense of commitment to one another.
Couples who put one another first, steer clear of other romantic opportunities and cultivate a strong sense of ‘we-ness’ or togetherness are markedly happier than are less-committed couples.
According to the National Marriage Project, couples who spend time together at least once a week are:
- About three times more likely to say they are “very happy” in their marriage than other couples.
- More likely to report high satisfaction with their sexual relationship compared to those who spend less couple time together.
If you haven’t been on a date in a while, it just might be a really good idea for your marriage. We’ve got plenty of great ideas for some creative dates that don’t have to break the bank.
This article was originally published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on October 2, 2016.
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