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Five Fun Ways to Connect with your Spouse

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Fulfilling marriages demand time and effort.  From sharing laughs to listening attentively, making their partnership a priority helps couples forge a strong bond.  Unfortunately, busy lifestyles sometimes get in the way and couples forget to connect on a regular basis.  To reestablish a close relationship or to maintain one, take advantage of five fun ways to connect with your spouse.

To keep your marriage strong, look for ways to connect with your spouse.

  1. Get creative in the kitchen. If you are looking for unique and enjoyable ways to connect with your spouse, try creating a meal together.  According to relationship expert, John Gray, couples who cook together report being more satisfied in all areas of their lives than couples who don't cook together.  From creating a grocery list to meal preparation, cooking together encourages good communication and cooperation.  Whipping up their favorite meals, couples can have fun in the kitchen and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
  2. Play board games.  Couples who play board games together laugh and research shows that laughter boosts endorphins and happy feelings.  In addition, competitive games played with other couples can evoke feelings of teamwork and trust.  Popular games to play with a spouse include Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, and Backgammon.  Enjoyable team games include Pictionary, Cranium, and pinochle.  As if happiness and laughter weren't enough reasons to play board games, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that they are one of several activities that may help improve brain function.
  3. Go on a picnic.  A picnic is one of the most romantic ways to connect with your spouse.  Enjoy a favorite outdoor spot or combine movie night with a picnic by spreading a blanket and pillows on the floor in front of the television and adding a basket filled with delicious bites.  To create a special love connection, couples might try a loaf of French bread, a variety of meats and cheeses, smoked oysters, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of wine.

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  1. Ask questions. Staying interested in your spouse helps maintain a lasting bond.  Asking questions shows you care and keeps the emotional connection flowing, from inquiries as simple as "How was your day?" to those as deep as "What is your greatest fear?" Couples can make a question-and-answer session a weekly event by coming up with a variety of questions to discuss over dinner.
  2. Reflect on memories.  Sharing past memories keeps connections between spouses strong.  One of the best ways to do this is through photos and mementos.  Dig up old photo albums and scrapbooks or browse through photos on your cell phone to relive memorable events, but don't forget to create and record new memories along the way.

With regular effort, couples keep marriage bonds growing well into the golden years. Cooking together, playing board games, enjoying a picnic, asking questions and reflecting on memories all make wonderful ways to connect with your spouse.  When pressed for time, a kiss, hug, pat on the back or a loving look can do wonders.

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