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8 Bonding Activities for Couples
I have been married to Nathan since 2008, and that’s a pretty healthy chunk of time. Anyone who has been married for a long time knows that marriage and daily life can become boring and monotonous. Life gets in the way, and we forgo romance for practicality.
The key to a successful marriage is to stay engaged with each other and bonding. Making time for each other is essential! Here are my favorite 8 bonding activities for couples.
Cooking and Eating a Meal Together
I will be the first to say that I love making dinner with my husband. My favorite recipes can be found here. We all have to eat, so why not capitalize on that need and enjoy interacting with each other?
Marrying Nathan is actually what inspired me to learn how to cook and start doing it well. So my time and memories cooking with him will always hold a very special place in my heart.
I also have a very strict no phones during dinner rule, because that is our time together, and nobody gets to interrupt that. Which I also think is essential to any relationship.
Just like with cooking, chores around the house allow you to work together and interact with each other while maintaining an organized home.
One of Nathan’s love languages is acts of service. Meaning he loves to help and wants to constantly. He is always offering to help me around the house, especially when I can’t reach things, as I’m almost a foot shorter than him.
Nathan and I are both avid readers, and you can find our favorite books here. We take time a couple of times a week to read together. Sometimes when my eyes are hurting, he’ll read to me. Or I’ll pick up a book that I know is a favorite of his so I can discuss it with him later. Right now I’m listening to the Lord of the Rings series on audiobook and following along in the actual book that belongs to Nathan.
This is so much fun because it is a quiet time without interruptions, and gives us something fun to talk about when we are done. We both really enjoy talking about our books, even when we are reading two totally different books.
We all have to shower daily, right? Why not cash in on a wonderful opportunity to spend time together? My favorite part about this is the fact we can’t take our phones into the shower with us. So it is literally the most perfect opportunity to enjoy some distraction-free communication together.
Plus it can lead to other bedroom activities, if you should so choose. Sometimes it does for us, sometimes not. But either way, it is a great opportunity to just spend time together.
When couples set future goals together, they have something to both look forward to and work for. This just feels good. Because planning our future is important, and it also reminds couples that they are in a relationship together.
Marriage is a team sport, so reminders that you’re in it together is essential.
Enjoy Each Other’s Hobbies
What does your husband enjoy that you can try to do with him? What is your favorite hobby that you could teach your husband about?
Engaging in each other’s hobbies doesn’t have to be a constant thing, but giving it a try and showing excitement and a willingness to learn about something that is important to each of you is essential, because it shows you care about your partner.
Nathan loves Legos, and I really don’t know much about them, to be perfectly honest. One day I purchased a small Lego model of the Star Wars character BB-8. I still have it in my office, actually. We sat down at the kitchen table and he taught me how to put it together. He probably could have done it in three minutes, but it took me a solid twenty. I’ll never forget how patient he was with me, and showing me how to do it, and helping me find the pieces needed. It is still one of my favorite memories of us together.
This doesn’t just mean sex. Although that is an important aspect of any healthy relationship. Intimacy includes sex, but shouldn’t be limited to that. It also means kissing, cuddling, massage, and general touch.
Intimacy is so important because it is another way that we show love to each other.
It can be a lot of fun to spend some time walking down memory lane. I don’t think we do it often enough, to be honest. Memories remind us of events in our past, but they also invoke the same emotions and feelings we experienced during those moments.
A great example is, if you read about me putting a Lego set together with Nathan earlier. Talking about that, I can still feel those same great emotions as I typed that part out. Taking that stroll down memory lane with your partner will do the exact same thing, and can remind us of some amazing times and experiences we’ve shared.
It can also teach you things about each other, even after many years of being married. Sometimes memories are kept tucked away in our minds, that we don’t share until just the right time, and we learn something about our partner. I still learn things about Nathan and his past as time goes on and he shares a memory with me.
8 Bonding Activities for Couples Notes
My favorite part of this list is that none of these things are complicated. It is easy to do when we go about it with intention and purpose.
Bonding together as a couple is essential for any healthy relationship to survive, but not just to survive, to thrive as well. Which is something we all should be striving for, to thrive in our marriage and continue growing together as a couple.
I hope this post has inspired you to make certain you’re bonding with your husband or partner and making sure you continue to have a successful relationship for many years to come together!
8 Bonding Activities for Couples Discussion
Do you and your partner do any of these bonding activities with any consistency? Or is that something you need to work on together? Has this list helped you with ideas? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!