2018 has come and gone, and as 2019 rolls around, one thing that comes to the forefront of everybody’s mind is “What’s my New Year’s resolution?”. As I watched the spectacular fireworks on television this year from the comfort of my partner’s bed, I vowed to devote this year to one simple endeavour. I want to spend more quality time with the people I love. Life is filled with surprises, and you never know what’s around the corner. I want to live each day with gratitude and appreciation, especially for the network of people who have supported me through all the ups and downs of my life’s journey. My friends, my family, and my partner are all so important to me, and I have no idea where I would be without them. I want to cherish these relationships so that they can blossom, and fill my life with positive energy.
Here’s where it gets tricky. Going on regular dates with that special someone often seems to fall pretty low on the list of priorities, especially when you think about all the work you have to do and all the events on your busy schedule. Perhaps you have children, or a stressful job, or you’re balancing studies with your social life. Dating can seem like a fairly trivial and non-important activity.
It isn’t. According to studies done by the National Marriage Project, couples who go on regular date nights are far happier in their relationships, and less likely to break up. They’re prone to have better sex lives, and they enjoy the unique emotional intimacy that comes from having regular, deep conversations about important matters that are close to the heart. Dating is an incredibly important part of a balanced life. My New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with my loved ones, and part of that resolution means going on quality dates with my partner - enjoying new adventures, discovering places, laughing, eating, and talking. It’s not a chore for me, it’s a priority.