“Do something today that your marriage will thank you for.” —Anonymous

Since when did date night mean dinner out without the kids and then home by 9 pm? Have you ever stopped to think that a date doesn’t have to ONLY be dinner? What if you had ideas on what your spouse might like to do?

Simply put, you won’t have to play the guessing game or even worse ask the dreaded question of “what do you want to do?”

It’s easy to get complacent too. Go to dinner. Go to the movies. Head home. 

But there are so many things you can do as a couple when you have a chance to go on a date! 

First of all, know that you are not limited to the night. Have a late afternoon date or a date in the morning. Mix it up and take advantage of even more events, experiences, and opportunities. 

Now think about when you were dating. There was a lot of intentionality about those dates. More than likely they were more of an event or they were something you did for the other person. You planned what you were going to do. You picked things that you knew (okay hoped) would make your other half happy and fall more in love with you. 

In some cases, those dates may have even been experiences that you wanted to share or have together.

Now ask yourself what would your marriage look like if you planned to do something besides the same dinner on your next date night?

What if you went on a hike? What if you took couples cooking classes? How about a trip berry picking in the country? Dates are not always dinner and a movie. They can be an adventure!  

Make a list of all your ideas. Then, each of you pick something from the list to plan as your next date! Even if it is not something you’d normally do, here’s a chance to try something that supports your spouse’s interests. You can even choose something that neither of you has ever done. Going on an adventure with someone is amazing!

Here are some creative date ideas you can do with your spouse:

  • Build a fort and watch movies
  • Take a helicopter or hot air balloon ride
  • Go for a hike
  • Scuba diving
  • Axe throwing
  • Head to the shooting range
  • Antiquing
  • Berry picking
  • Take a romantic hot bath
  • Go ice-skating or rollerblading
  • Attend a comedy show
  • Do karaoke together
  • Build a snowman together
  • Hunting
  • Impromptu road trip
  • Recreate your first date

Don’t let what you’ve always done be what you always do. 

When you have your spouse’s list of winning ideas have fun making their dreams come true. Then watch what shifts in your marriage when dates aren’t just dinner and a trip to the grocery store to pick up that milk you forgot.

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