Forget the myth that repetition in a relationship leads to a rut. It’s quite the opposite.
Relationship rituals are an essential element of bonding for any couple. It’s too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of chaos online and IRL and unknowingly take our partner for granted or let our relationship fall by the wayside.
Healthy relationships of any type require effort and intention.
Sharing experiences with your partner creates connections and memories, builds intimacy, fosters positive feelings, and provides a sense of relationship satisfaction. Relationship rituals are a simple solution to keep the sparks between you and your love going.
Below are some of our favorite traditions to enhance your togetherness.
Fitness can be as beneficial for your relationship as it is for your physical and mental health. Exercising with your partner is a great way to spend time together while deepening your connection, and the date kills two birds with one stone. A slow, scenic hike, a bike ride, or weightlifting together on a weekly basis can pump up your partnership.
One way to the heart is still through the stomach. Food has been used for centuries to bring people together. Cooking with your partner once a week or month tantalizes your taste buds, fosters communication, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can spice up the ritual and add novelty by experimenting with new recipes and cuisines.
PDA like no one’s watching. Whether or not your love language is physical touch, there’s no denying that showing your partner non-sexual affection like hugging and kissing creates a deeper bond. Try hugging or kissing each time one of you returns home or have 10 minutes of pre-bedtime cuddles every night.
Small gestures of appreciation can have huge results when it comes to relationship satisfaction. It’s easy to think nice thoughts about your amor but it’s a “must” to verbally express your love and thanks. Leave sweet notes around the house for your significant other to stumble upon, send them heartfelt texts during the day, or verbally express your thanks for favors and support as often as possible.
Relationship rituals aren’t one-size-fits-all and can be tailored to each couple’s specific needs and desires. So don’t be afraid to get creative with ‘em. If you need inspo to spark your imagination, try implementing a regular date night, starting a new hobby together, or have a book club just for the two of you.
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