Whether you are seeing someone new or you have been happily married for some time now, date nights are so important to any relationship. Quality time together is something that no couple should ever take for granted. Date nights can often be overlooked and pushed aside as a relationship lengthens. However, the benefits of date nights should not be ignored. This is the time where you and your partner can communicate openly and spend quality one on one time together. This helps to strengthen and build your relationship more and more as time goes on. You will find that some of the happiest, most loving couples use date nights to maintain a happy relationship and to keep the romantic sparks strong.
The Marriage Project – University of Virginia
According to research from “The Marriage Project” from the University of Virginia, date nights (or any type of quality one on one time together) improve relationship communication, novelty, eros, commitment, and stress. In other words, quality time spent together helps couples to create open communication, improve romantic connections, keep long lasting commitments to one another, and decrease relationship stress. According to the research, couples who engaged in date night activities at least once a week were approximately 3.5 times more likely to report being “very happy” in their marriages. Also, it was found that couples that spent quality time together were significantly less likely to report that they were prone to divorce.
Date Night Ideas
If you are looking for a way to strengthen your relationship, dates nights are one easy way to do it. It truly does have the ability to make a huge impact on your relationship both short and long term. Make it a priority to carve out at least one day a week dedicated to this quality time spent together. If you are having trouble coming up with some new date night ideas, I have come up with a few for you that I hope you will enjoy!
What is your favorite date night activity?