Experts say, falling in love is easy, but staying in love is hard. Research indicates couples who spend time cultivating their relationship are healthier, happier and more vibrant than those who don’t. If you’re in a dating rut, try these ideas out to light a spark in your relationship.
* SING A SONG
If one of you knows how to play piano or guitar—or any other instrument— sing through your favorite songs together. Grab a bottle of wine and make it an at-home karaoke bar.
* HIT UP THE FARMERS’ MARKET
And then see what sort of fresh dinner you can make with those ingredients.
* GO TO A JAZZ CLUB
Live like you’re in “La La Land” and dress up in your finest, see some live jazz, drink some whiskey (or your choice of beverage), and get transported to what will feel like another era.
* PLAY GAMES
Whether its chess, Twister, Connect4 or Uno, it’s fun to get a little competitive. Competition can be sexy, right?
* CHECK OUT A NEW BAND
See a concert—not just major headliners at the larger venues, but also check out smaller places which showcase indie artists and up-and-coming acts.
* GET SOME ICE CREAM
Ice cream is sweet and so is love, so why reserve dessert only for dinner time? Anytime is a great time for sharing a tasty treat together.
* TAKE A DANCE CLASS
Learn some sweet moves and then go tear up the dance floor together and put what you’ve learned to good use again and again.
* PLAY PUB TRIVIA
Everything’s easier when you’re on a team. Have some fun and who knows, you might even win a prize!
* GO TO A STREET FAIR
Life is extra sweet when the food is really cheap! It’s always fun to discover new and interesting types of foods and vendors with someone special.
* HAVE A FIELD DAY
Whether you end up grilling, playing soccer or just lying down in the grass and cracking up, you’ll have a great outdoorsy time. Just try to avoid wearing white pants or they won’t be white for long.
* GO BOWLING
Get your best retro outfit on (or not) and roll your way to a score—literally.
* BECOME AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Make it your mission to start taking photos of all the things you see. Go on a car ride and find some great new places to shoot!
* PLAY POOL
Shoot some pool, drink some beer, and call it an awesome night. Keep it competitive for a little extra fun!
* FINESSE YOUR HOME BAR
You have some of the mix-ins and you have some staple booze, but do you have all the things your favorite artisanal bars have, from the pomegranate molasses to the chocolate bitters? Stock up and learn how to make drinks yourselves—and then every night can be a fun night at the cocktail bar.
* SEE A COMEDY SHOW
You can see your favorite comedian, or check out some new names from the roster of up-and-comers—you never know if you’ll be seeing the next rising star! Sure, life can be hard, but it gets a lot easier when you laugh so hard that the beer comes out of your nose!