Some married couples think that living in the same house is enough to stay connected. They start spending less time with each other and eventually get divorced or at least have to deal with some serious marriage problems. To stay happily married, you need to do things together. Here are some activities that can bring married couples closer.
Date nights. Early in the relationship you went on dates all the time, and now you've forgotten what a date is. Weekly dates nights will ensure your relationship stays strong. You can go out to your favorite restaurant or stay in and order takeout, enjoy your favorite activities or try something new. Just don't turn your weekly dates into a routine, shake things up from time to time in order not to get bored.
Talking. This is an obvious one, nevertheless some married couples don't actually talk to each other. Well, they talk about mundane things such as taxes, grocery shopping and weather, but that's it. If you want to stay close, you need to have conversations about different things. Ask your spouse how their day was and tell them about yours. Discuss the latest news, the movies you've seen and the books you've read. You can even tell them a weird fact (“Do you know that female kangaroos have three vaginas?”) to strike the conversation.
Cooking. Cooking together is fun even if the result is less than satisfying. You don't have to do it every day, especially if you both work full-time and don't have enough time and energy to cook. But cooking Saturday night dinner or Sunday brunch together can become your week ritual, just like regular date nights. If neither of you is a good cook, consider taking a cooking class, it's a great bonding activity.
Working out. Working out with you husband or wife kills a flock of birds with a single stone. You will spend more time together and get healthier and fitter. You will keep each other motivated. You will get to explore new fitness activities together. Finally, workout makes our body release endorphins that make you feel happier. So you will begin to associate workouts with your spouse with positive emotions.
Spending time with your children. If you have a child or children, find ways to spend more time together as a family. Have walks in the park, organize movie nights, go on weekend trips. In short, have fun. Just remember that spending time with kids shouldn't replace your weekly date nights, it should complement them. You need time for just the two of you as well.
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