Valentine’s Day is fast afoot, and the yearly dilemma of what to get the one you love is here again as well. You can always fall back on the old standards of candy and roses…or, you can use this Hallmark holiday as an opportunity to try something new, together.
“Together” means whatever you do, it should involve both of you and create a memory. Memories are a binding force in relationships, and help us relate to each other; couples that engage in creating positive memories of moments together increase the bond between them and have better long-term relationship outcomes.
Still not sure what this involves? Here’s a short list of things to do:
- Eat at a restaurant that has a cuisine neither of you have tried before (like Thai, Indian, Ethiopian, Greek, Japanese, etc.)
- Read each other a story.
- Go see a foreign film (with subtitles, of course)
- Get a couples’ massage at your local spa
- Plan a romantic dinner together, in-house, with each of you preparing a recipe you’ve never tried before
- Take a pottery class together
- Grab a map, grab a pin, close your eyes and travel to wherever the pin gets stuck in the map. Take pictures along the way.
The types of things you can do as a couple is only limited by your imagination, but the most important thing is to spend time together doing something new, creative, or different than anything else you have previously done as individuals or as a couple. Experiencing new situations together may help you rediscover the special “something” that time and familiarity has shuffled away, and give you a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget.
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