Why Dating is Important for Your Marriage

devotional_couple cooking together.jpgThere’s no doubt about it … regular “date nights” improve marriages and prevent divorces! 

Researchers have found that married couples who go on frequent dates have lower divorce rates, and feel better about the quality of their marriages than couples who don’t.  Hopefully that’s enough evidence to get you dating your spouse again!

One study highlights five reasons why date nights have strong correlations to healthy marriages:

Communication:  Successful communication is the life blood of any relationship.  Your words bring nourishment to your spouse … and they help you resolve conflicts.  Make sure you plan dates that will get you talking …

Fun:  Speaking of sitting and watching … get out of that rut and try something new!  Take a walk, cook a meal, or go out for ice cream together.  Take turns planning your creative dates.  Your dates will also create fun memories that you will cherish later on.  

Romance: Dating like you used to before you were married helps keep the romantic feelings alive in your marriage!  And who doesn’t want to experience those loving feelings!?  Planning and enjoying regular dates with your mate will help you fall in love with each other all over and over again.

Commitment: Talking, having fun, and fanning those romantic flames will strengthen your commitment to one another.  And it is commitment that keeps you together when those inevitable hard times hit.  

De-stressing: We’re all stressed!  Date nights become a fun oasis in the midst of our stressful lives!  Your times together will let you support and encourage each other.  Having fun is always a great distraction from our everyday routines. 

Too often the pressures of life get in the way of making date nights a reality; they end up being dinner and a movie or watching your favorite TV show.  While these dates are better than nothing … sitting and watching doesn’t really help you communicate, have fun, or get the romantic juices flowing. 

We’d love to help make your stay at home date nights a little more impactful.  Our "Fan the Flame Dates" website is designed to help you spend some time together learning something that will help build your marriage.  Watch one of our short videos and take the time to answer our “Knee to knee Nose to nose” questions to start talking about what you’ve just learned. 

Or ... if you're daring and really want to work on growing your marriage - take our "One Year Challenge" to date your spouse once a month!!