“Taking time for your relationship – whether outside the home or inside the home – is good for your relationship health,” said report co-author W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and a professor of sociology at UVA
Still not buying it?
You may want to consider the math.
The established guideline for maintaining a positive perspective in a relationship is a ratio of five positive interactions per one negative interaction, licensed couple counselor Kari Rusnak wrote for Psychology Today.
That’s right: For each spat or unhappy occurrence, you need five positive talks or activities to offset it. Date night makes an automatic entry in the plus column — or more.
It can also allow couples at any stage to share rituals of connection, Rusnak said.
“Shared meaning is the way you define and share things as a couple. Rituals of connection are things you both share and enjoy together — from a morning kiss to the way you celebrate important events to, of course, date nights.”
December date idea
Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes
6 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec.10-Sunday, Dec. 11
Grant Park neighborhood
$25 in advance, $30 at the door
A cozy-yet-active date for those in new relationships — or for those established couples who need to get out of the house for a change.
This neighborhood is Atlanta’s largest historic district and this tour includes original Queen Anne, Craftsman and Victorian homes built from 1885-1910.
Along with the glimpse of beautiful homes, plan to enjoy a candlelight concert and artists market in the St. Paul United Methodist Church sanctuary, with proceeds benefitting Grant Park’s Parents Network, the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, and St. Paul UMC.
If mobility is not a factor, consider taking MARTA to the nearby King Memorial station and then taking a 20-minute stroll to the event.
Purchase tickets at candlelighttourofhomes.com/tickets.
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