Couples that play together, stay together. It’s true in theory and it’s also supported by research: A study published in the journal "Personal Relationships" found that couples who participate in fun activities together report higher levels of relationship satisfaction.
But what exactly counts as a "fun activity"? According to couples therapist Dr. Dale K. Meyer, it can be anything that gets you out of your comfort zone and makes you feel engaged and alive. "It really is different for every couple," he says. "But the important thing is that it’s something you both enjoy and that brings you closer together."
So if you’re looking to add some spice to your relationship, try one of these five fun activities recommended by Meyer and other experts.
Take a dance class together
Plan a weekend getaway
Take up a new hobby together
Learning and trying something new can be exhilarating, and it’s even better when you have a partner to share the experience with. Whether it’s painting, pottery, or rock climbing, finding a new hobby to enjoy together can bring you closer and reignite a sense of excitement and adventure in your relationship.
Try a new restaurant or cuisine
Food has a way of bringing people together, and trying new flavors and dishes can be a fun and memorable experience for couples. "It’s a chance to step out of your routine and try something different," Meyer says. "And if you’re both adventurous eaters, it can be a great way to bond and discover new shared interests."
Go on a physical adventure
Whether it’s hiking, biking, or kayaking, getting out and getting active together can be a great way to bond and have fun. "Physical adventures challenge couples to work together and support each other, which can lead to a deeper connection," Meyer says. "Plus, the endorphins released during exercise can help improve mood and bring couples closer together."
Remember, the key to making these activities fun and meaningful is to choose something that you both enjoy and that helps you connect on a deeper level. So take some time to think about what truly excites and engages you as a couple, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.
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