Can “Date Nights” Save Your Marriage?

by Norris Law Group on December 5, 2013

couple-on-a-dateIn a 2012 report entitled The Date Night Opportunity, the National Marriage Project suggests that having regular “date nights” may have a significant and positive impact on the quality of relationships, for many reasons, including:

  • Communication. Regular date nights provide couples the opportunity to discuss things that are important to them as individuals and as a unit—from their shared dreams to financial issues to the state of their family.
  • Novelty. The study found that couples benefit from getting out the “dinner and a movie” rut and periodically “mixing up” their activities, while also maintaining an awareness of what each person in the relationship likes to do.
  • Eros. Date nights allow couples to focus solely on their relationship, to share ideas and emotions, to try new things together, and/or engage in romantic activities, which may serve to “rekindle a spark” which may have been lost recently.
  • Commitment. The study found that “partners who put one another first, who steer clear of other romantic opportunities, and who cultivate a strong sense of…togetherness are markedly happier than are less-committed couples.”
  • De-stress. Stress was found to be a profound threat to even the strongest relationships. Date nights may help relieve stress on couples by providing an “escape” from their day-to-day lives and careers.

“Couple time” was also noted as a factor which led to more stable marriages in general. In the related Survey of Marital Generosity, couples who engage in high levels of “couple time” were found to be far less likely to divorce. Wives who enjoyed “couple time” less than once a week were nearly four times more likely to consider divorce, compared to wives who engaged in couple time at least once a week. Husbands who reported spending less than once a week in couple time were 2.5 times more likely to consider divorce, in comparison to husbands who enjoyed a “date night” with their wives at least once a week.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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