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Date Nights: More Than a Fun Night Out

Couples throughout time and the world recall the one date when everything clicked. In the story of their relationship, this date is they share with family and friends. The pinnacle date proves unique, but it links to every other date like a string of pearls connecting their history and future. Looking at date nights, couples could discount their importance, not see their benefits or be fresh out of ideas.


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Talk to anyone in relationship about the point when things became stale and they indicate the loss of romance, fun, commitment or perhaps all three. If asked at the beginning, the wild passion would have blinded them to a bland future because people rarely plan for the slow decline of anything, much less a relationship. Everyone, even the most stoic, needs these energizing aspects in their relationship. People want to feel valued, heard and considered. The lack of these things cause people to seek it elsewhere.

How Can a Date Night Help?

The act of setting aside time and making a plan permits couples an escape from their routines. Most established and effective patterns aid smooth transitions from one aspect of life to another. Dates are not always about things going smoothly. Running out of gas on a date creates space for a quite conversation walking hand in hand. Time away helps each person see their partner as an individual with interests, dreams and quirks rather than some relational icon. Also a pleasant delay happens within a date allowing intimacy to build. Pursuing each other kindles fun and playfulness. In this fertile ground, romance can blossom.

Don’t Need to Be an Artist

“I’m not that creative.” The phrase of surrender for everyone. Guess what? It does not represent a relational escape hatch. Everyone loves to be seen and known intimately. The agreement struck should never be one sided. The most buttoned up partner can step up because of their investment in the relationship. Before we start with date night ideas, some ground rules need to be put in place.

* Date nights can occur in daylight.
* Be aware of personal tastes meaning don’t take someone involved with animal rights to a bull fight.
* Both partners should participate in spearheading a date night as the responsibility does not fall to one person.
* Not everything requires a bank loan, so look for low cost options.
* Make it fun.

With those as the foundation, here are some ideas to get date night rolling. Be aware all of these options have a variety of commitments and costs. Time taken in research demonstrates care partners have for one another.

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Dance Lessons: Several dance studios offer free introductory lessons or packages. What could be more tender and intimate than learning to move in unison with your partner? Also, it might open up avenues for other date nights like monthly salsa dancing at a local club.

Picnics: Preparing a meal, packaging it up and carrying it to local park demonstrates ones knowledge of the other person. No one hates the thought of being whisked away and fed. Selecting a few specialty meats and cheeses would be a nice touch. Though tempting, avoid bologna because this is a date and not lunch.

National Parks: Hiking surrounded by nature and national monuments allow for good conversations. Selecting a time when the park will be less crowded, like a Tuesday morning when kids are in school and others at work, places couples in a grand and intimate setting. Also, look at the previous idea for a combo of park and picnic.

Brewery/Winery/Food Tour: With the proliferation of local artisanal foods and drinks, sites like breweries and ice creameries offer free or low cost tours with samples. Feeding each other a specialty cheese while meeting the goats who produced the milk will open the senses and feel like an adventure. Those raising goats should find another option.

As you can see, date night is a critical part of any relationship. Those who ignore time alone with their partner will do so at the peril of their future. Take the time, do the research and have fun connecting. You’ll be glad you did and so will your partner.

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Five First-Date Friendly Venues – For the Second Time Around

When you’re getting back together with your ex there’s a fine line that you must walk between doing things the old way and making a fresh start together. Sometimes it’s best to part with the old completely and go for something completely new and different. Something you’ve never done together before. If you’ve already tried some of these things, skip those in favor of making new memories together and avoiding possible stigmas or negative emotions tied to things you’ve tried in the past.


Date Friendly Venues -1) Roller-skating or ice-skating.

Both activities are physical activities that can be a lot of fun, at any age, provided you both come into it with open minds and expecting to have a good time together. More importantly, it gives you the opportunity to hold hands, to talk, and to rediscover that “sense of fun” that flows out of relationships when times are tough.

Date Friendly Venues -2) Rodeo.

Depending on where you are in the world, rodeos offer a chance to cheer for the underdog, to laugh at the antics of the clowns, and the rush of adrenaline that almost always accompanies danger or risk. All from the relative safety of bleacher seats. Besides, what girl doesn’t love ponies?

Date Friendly Venues -3) Hot air balloon ride.

Few options available to you are more romantic than a hot air balloon ride. It’s a great way to literally get above it all and see how small your problems really are from a bird’s-eye view.

Date Friendly Venues -4) Sailing, canoeing, or white water rafting.

Unless you live in a desert climate, the odds are good that there is some venue for one of these activities nearby. Water can be romantic and fun. The time you spend together doing this is time you’re not likely to forget. It’s a great opportunity to spend time together, talk, or simple enjoy the ride — and the company.

Date Friendly Venues -5) Minor league sporting event.

Skip the high price tag and huge crowds of the average major league sporting venue. Attending a minor league sporting event allows you both to cheer for the home team without breaking the bank. More importantly, the smaller crowds give you time to talk to each other a little before, during, and after the game. You get the benefit of watching favorite sports, such as hockey, baseball, football, and even soccer, without the downside of big league games.
Great dates don’t just happen. They’re made. It takes more than a great location though to make your first date – the second time around – truly stand out from the crowd. These venues are a great start, but it’s up to you to really make this date sparkle and shine. Be on your best behavior. Treat your date well. Avoid danger zones or hot topics. And remember to have fun and remind your ex why he or she fell in love with you in the first place.

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A Different Approach to a Happy Relationship

Everywhere you look whether it’s the news, television, or online, you constantly hear about the ending of some relationship. This celebrity left this one for that one; this person cheated and this one walked out – it goes on and on.
If all the hoopla surrounding the integrity of relationships is true, we’re all in trouble.

It appears couples are now more than ever postponing divorce due to the state of the economy, encouraging advice from bloggers and reporters alike on how to co-exist with your estranged significant other. Maybe there’s a better way…

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Are there any truly happy couples out there? Yes, of course. There are happy couples everywhere if you look. However, headlines that start with the word “divorce” rather than “happy” seem to draw a much larger audience. Sadly, people take a natural interest in conflict.

So, how do these so called “happy couples” stay happy through the typical ups and downs of a relationship, especially given today’s economic trials and tribulations? Perhaps they’re just lucky people. Or, maybe they’re just excessively submissive – “yes, dear”.

Some exciting new relationship studies have recently unveiled a few surprising facts that may conflict with your core beliefs. Consider the following ideas to determine how they relate to your current relationship or at the very least, offer you some new insight.

1. Communication Isn’t Everything
What? That can’t be right. Every relationship expert in the world will tell you that effective communication is at the very core of a solid relationship.

In the dictionary, communication is defined as effectively sharing or expressing feelings and ideas. While this is true of course, communication is hugely misconstrued in the eyes of many people since they interpret it as their spouse bombarding them with righteous opinions and veritable facts.


If you really stop and think about it, the happiest people on the planet are the ones who know how to listen to others and empathize with them. That’s not to say they always agree or don’t have their own opinions, but they sincerely make the effort to see things from their partner’s point of view. In other words, they’re more contemplative than communicative.

2. Date nights? Forget them
The whole purpose of date night is to enjoy the company of your partner, reconnect with them, catch up, and just get close to one another (sex). Date night is a great attempt to relight the fire.

However, after a grueling week at work, changing diapers, helping with homework, cleaning the house, and cooking for an entire family – there’s not much left of you. Cut to the chase and just get to the sex. There will be many date nights in your future.

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Think of it this way – date night is a luxury while sex is a necessity. There’s no better way for two people who love each other to “connect” than through the act of sex. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

3. It’s Okay to Sometimes Go to Bed Angry
Your relationship isn’t always going to be peaches and cream. Sometimes, not everything can be worked out in one day, or one night.

You and your partner both may need to just take a breather and enough time to simply think about the issue at hand. “Sleeping on it” may be the best approach, and in the morning you may have a fresh new perspective on the matter and quickly resolve the problem.

Every couple is different. What works for some may not work for others, and that’s okay. The point is that each couple should follow their own path to success rather than doing exactly what the experts say, or what others believe is best for them. If you are interested in reading more about this subject here is a link to a great article written By  who made the great How To Save Your Marriage E-book. Click on the screenshot to read hes article…