Is your marriage in a rut? Do you do the same thing every time you go on a date? Or has it been months since you last went on a date? If you said yes to any of those questions, this post is for you. It’s filled with 7 activity ideas that you can enjoy with your spouse that take relatively little money or planning.
127. Go to bed early together to get extra cuddling and sharing time in.
In the early days of my Lyme Disease battle, I’d be completely exhausted when bedtime rolled around. I used to say bedtime was my favorite part of the day- not merely because I was tired and needed rest, but because it was a time when I could snuggle close to my husband and have a few minutes of undivided conversation. Sometimes, however, we get to bed too late to talk. If you can relate, try this idea one night this week.
128. Rent your favorite comedy movie of all time and watch it together for old times’ sake.
I’m personally not crazy about comedies, but I do know that laughing is therapeutic. Laughing as a couple helps you to bond and associate happy feelings with them. Do you have differing favorites? No problem! Choose to watch one on one night and the other the next. (Or you could have a comedy movie marathon night).
129. Have lunch together and then go see a matinee movie.
If you both work during the day, try to plan ahead and get the day off. Or if you have children, arrange for a babysitter on a Saturday afternoon. Usually couples go for dinner and a movie, but switch it up and spend the afternoon together, instead.
130. Childhood movie night: watch your favorite childhood movies together.
I watched one of the Homeward Bound movies with John our first or second year of marriage. It was different from the typical movie we usually watch together, but fun to share an experience that we both associate with our youth. I also “forced” him to watch Mulan with me at one point because it was my favorite Disney movie growing up and he’d never seen it.
131. Video date: take turns “interviewing” each other, and record it all on camera.
You could come up with your questions for one another ahead of time, or just wing it. This is bound to get the two of you laughing. It will also be a nice memento when you watch it years later with your kids.
132. Go to a bookstore or library; each of you choose a book, then sit and read them together.
Reading it one of my favorite hobbies (and my husband’s), so we visit bookstores OFTEN on our dates. As a matter of fact, I think the last 4 dates we’ve been on ended with a trip to a bookstore (no exaggeration!). We love books. But even if you aren’t huge book fanatics, try reading one book out loud together. Books are often so much better than the movies… just try it!
133. Find a lecture at a local University and attend.
Obviously if you don’t live nearby a college you won’t be able to do this. But if you do, look in the newspaper or on their website for upcoming lectures available to the public. You never know what you might learn.
Which of these do you plan to do this week?