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Fun and Romantic Date Ideas to Keep Your Love Alive

OThe coolest part is that the ways to keep a relationship exciting don’t always take grand gestures or epic trips across the world. Some of the best, sexiest moments I’ve had with my boyfriend are simple, goofy, and free. So in that light, here are 18 unique date ideas—or you could even say activities to do when you’re bored together this winter—to help nurture your connection. Each will help keep the spark as bright as it was those first few months of being together. Throw a Dance Party
Nothing screams hilarity, fun, and vulnerability more than getting down with the person you love. Be it at home or at a local bar, put on some of your favorite songs and let loose. It’s medicine.

2. Go for a Walk and Talk
Google “walk and meetings” and droves of articles will pop up touting the benefits of hitting the pavement for intense conversations. Just as this exercise helps us in the work world, it does wonders for our personal lives. Research shows the action of walking next to one another helps put the mind and body at ease, lowers stress, and increases engagement. So pick a walk topic and intention, be it light or intense, and get going with your partner. Not only is this one of my favorite unique date ideas, it’s an incredible workout for the body and heart.

3. Watch Each Other’s Favorite Films—and Then Discuss
This is likely a two-night activity. Give your partner the freedom and support to choose one of their favorite films of all time, ideally one you haven’t yet seen. Watch it together and follow the screening with a fun conversation about what the film evokes for them. Switch it up and do the same for you. It’s incredible how art can bring out the deepest layers of someone.Much like the above, pick several songs that you love and play them for your partner. Tell them what you love most about each one and how it makes you feel. Then switch it around.

5. Meditate Together
It’s relaxing, healthy, and so therapeutic. Meditating is also beautiful to engage in as one of the healthiest unique date ideas and an act of self-love with your partner. Hold a Relationship (or Marriage) Meeting
Just as it sounds, this concept takes setting a date, sitting down, and chatting about your connection. It’s an antidote to complacency because, as Brittany so aptly puts it, we may talk to our partners all the time, but having a relationship or marriage meeting means there’s an intention behind what we’re communicating at that moment. Explore things that are working, pain points, and what you’d each love more of in your relationship. Doing this can open the doors to deeper connection and commitment to each other and the bond you share.

7. Go to a New Old Restaurant
You know those places you drive by day after day, year after year, and never try? It’s often a result of our habits. Choose a restaurant that’s been around for a while and make a date night out of it. Ask to speak to the owners to learn more about their story. While it’s fun to make a reservation at the hot new restaurant, it can be rewarding to learn more about the institutions that have served a community.

8. Read Passages Aloud
A favorite book is a window into someone’s inner mind and soul. Ask your partner to choose their favorite book and read a passage or two aloud to you. Do the same for them. Talk about visions, emotions, and ideas that come up for each of you.Whether it be at an animal shelter, a food bank, a local Boys and Girls Club chapter, or a neighborhood cleanup—giving back is unparalleled for our souls. That’s doubled when it’s shared with your love.10. Take Out a Single Friend
When we’re partnered up, we often don’t spend as much one-on-one time with our single friends. And why do we reserve sharing fun dinners for other couples? Push this idea aside by taking out a single friend. It’s so rewarding and inspiring to give a dear friend your undivided attention, and even more so when it’s you and your partner shedding all the light on them.ne of the toughest realities of partnership is that the honeymoon phase will end. For many, the spark fizzles after a first few whimsical months. For others, the time of flushed cheeks and secret kisses never wanes. Being a self-proclaimed romantic, I’ve found there to be a key to the latter: proactivity. The honeymoon period may close but some whole-hearted determination in the guise of unique date ideas and a shared commitment can keep the spark alive. Heck, it can grow stronger—and sexier.

What I’m suggesting isn’t revolutionary. But to be honest, I’ve found ways to stay intentional to be some of the best tools for living a considered life. Because time passes quickly. We get so wrapped up in meeting deadlines and quotas that we overlook the good stuff, and this hurts relationships. Making the time to connect with your loved one can sometimes be the ingredient to keeping it exciting. As lauded psychotherapist Esther Perel believes, taking risks and doing things together outside your comfort zones is requisite for keep things sexy.

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