It’s no secret that we’re big fans of date night at Spark. We love planning them for other couples, we love going on them ourselves, and we definitely know why they’re so important in fostering a healthy relationship.
Here are a few quick reasons why you and your partner should make sure date nights happen in your relationship.
You get to try new things together
Trying new things together increases relationship quality and creates the most satisfaction among couples. Don't just take our word for it, it's been researched extensively.
You create more memories together
You have an incredible camera on your phone. Why not use it to capture the moments that mean the most to you? Date nights are the perfect opportunity. When you look back on the incredible life you've built together, you want it to be filled with the moments that helped solidify your connection.
It helps you both to reset
Date night is an opportunity for you to forget about your "to-do" lists. Talk about bills and household chores get put on hold for just a couple hours, while you relax and chat about your next holiday, your personal goals for the future, or crack jokes with each other.
Better sense of connection
Related to the point above, when we remove everyday distractions and communicate about our hopes, our fears, and our aspirations, we create a better sense of connection with our partner and feel more like a team, ready to take on life together.
More (and better) sex
Date nights increase passion, excitement and romance in your relationship, which all lead to increased sexual satisfaction. Wives who go on regular date nights with their husbands are 3.5 times more likely to enjoy above-average sexual satisfaction than wives without!
You both become happier
Having a date night helps you reclaim both your individual identity and your identity as a couple. Much of the time we're too busy being a daughter, worker, mom and friend to remember to focus on who we want to be as people and as a couple.
It's the best investment you can make
An investment in date night means an investment in the long term satisfaction and health of your relationship. Things like snapping pics and better sex might seem like small potatoes, but they all lead to a more complete, longer lasting relationship.
If you're married or have kids, it's even more important
A recent study found that couples who have a new baby and had a recurring date night were half as likely for their marriage quality to decline. The same study showed that married couples who stick to date night are 3.5x happier in their relationship.
No date nights = more likely to get divorced
We're coming with a lot of stats here, but they're important. The National Marriage Project reported that going without a recurring date night meant wives were 4 times more likely to be divorce prone and husbands 2.5 times more likely to be divorce prone.
Because Netflix is slowly killing us
"Everything in moderation". Six hour Netflix binges can be the death of a relationship. Remember point #2 above. Looking back on your relationship, are you going to reminisce about that show you binge watched over a perfectly sunny weekend, when the most you said to each other the entire time was "next episode?"?
There’s one thing we all know - relationships take work, especially life-long ones. And while it’s nice to be at ease or comfortable, you don’t want to take your partner for granted.
Dating each other should be a priority, not an afterthought. Date nights are an investment in the long term health and well-being of your relationship, which will pay dividends for years to come.