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"My husband and I have been married for 24 years, and we spend at least 10 minutes every single day talking about something other than work, family, or who is going to do what around the house. We chat about music, movies, sports, life goals, what we are most proud of, what we regret not doing in the past, dreams, goals, aspirations, funny stories, or volunteering experiences. This allows us to continue to get to know one another.
"Every year, we try to find an activity that we can do together that is new to incorporate into our lives. Over the years we've taken a 4-week cooking class, wine appreciation workshops, and salsa dancing classes. These activities strengthen our relationship by adding excitement and newness, and allow us to have a shared experience together.
My husband and I also take a trip together at least once a year, just the two of us. We go for at least 2 nights and 2 days and do something that we both enjoy, such as wine tasting or biking. This summer we went away for 6 days—we continue to increase the number of days the older our children are. This allows us to get out of the routine and daily hassles of our fast-paced and busy lives."
—Terri Orbuch, PhD, relationship expert and author of5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great
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"Plan an unexpected date night, sleep in another room together, or have a carpet picnic for dinner. It doesn't take much effort, but research shows that spontaneity keeps couples engaged. I also urge people to limit screen time—the concept isn't just for kids. Research shows that having digital devices in the bedroom can negatively affect your sex life and ability to sleep. [Couples have been having all kinds of fun with from Rodale's...]
Meanwhile, make time to decompress with your own set of friends or to pursue your individual interests. Everyone needs to have a support system and some fun outside of their relationship. That way you both maintain your own identity, and no one has to feel boxed into who they are within the couple or family."
—Kat Van Kirk, PhD, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist
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