It doesn’t take a relationship expert to know that couples who have more fun together tend to have longer, healthier and happier relationships. And what is it we all want in our relationships? Happiness, right?
The question is, how do we achieve that, especially after settling down with each other. It seems no matter how hard we’ve tried, those old smoochy days filled with exchanges of loving compliments just don’t come as easily. Not when our work-related chat has replaced the compliments, and watching TV together because we’re just too tired for anything else has replaced the smooches.
According to a psychologist at Denver University’s Center for Marital and Family Studies, the “correlation between fun and marital happiness is high and significant.” He goes on to say that the more “fun, friendship and being there for your partner, the happier the relationship will get over time.” Research has confirmed that our need for engaging in activities together, as a couple plays an important role in our happiness.
Now on to the fun stuff – literally!
#1. I apologize in advance, but I have to go there: Exercise together.
I know, sometimes I dread exercise too, but having my love-bird join me while working out is such a turn on! Plus there’s a reason people become addicted to exercise — it releases endorphins, (increasing happiness) and it doesn’t take a lot of to reap those make-you-smile benefits. The simplest daily exercises can be rewarding. Why not bring your beau along and reap a double reward!
#2. Meditate. Since meditation is a well-known peace and happiness generator, why not try it as a couple?
Meditating together has the possibility to increase bonding and happiness as a couple since being in a meditative state tends to put one in an appreciative, grateful mind set and that’s always a positive for a relationship.
There’s useful information on mindful meditation for couples, and you’d be surprised at the awesome benefits.
#3. A Couple’s Performance
Research done by George MacKerron, Economics Lecturer at University of Sussex and developer of the app “Mappiness” showed that performing together is one way to increase happiness as a couple! Think singing karaoke together or performing in a local drama. As long as neither of you suffer from stage fright, these activities could improve your state of happiness and increase bonding. Win!
For couples with stage fright, an at-home performance is just as good (brownie points if you both do it in only underwear).
#4. Exchange a little acupressure. How about learning acupressure techniques that can be used on your love? Acupressure lessons (for bonding) can be found online for free. Skin to skin contact is known for its ability to increase our feelings of bonding with each other, and not to mention touch makes us feel loved, so what better way to exchange love- than acupressure, which has a whole host of its own benefits.
#5. Lastly, what should be a requirement of every couple on earth: Tickle fights. There’s just something inexplicably exhilarating about two adults running around squealing as the tickle monster finds his/her prey.
Yes, chasing each other around the house (again, bonus points if said chasing followed by tickling is done in undies) is part of the requirement.
Written by: Kendra Richards is a writer, pet lover, aloe vera-eater and a woman of many talents. If she isn’t passionately typing away, she’s more than likely spending time with her family, pets, boyfriend or attempting to sew something. It’s also possible that she’s buried deep in some type of activism work. Writing anything and everything from beauty, health, fashion product reviews to informational articles, she loves variety when it comes to reading and writing. A people and animal lover, she believes cats are super heroes in disguise.