With divorce rates high, it's important to find ways to stay together. When a couple first starts dating they spend a lot of time together---they have fun. One of the most important factors in staying together and staying happy is by planning fun things to do together. From "USA Today," according to Howard Markman, a psychologist who co-directs the University of Denver's Center for Marital and Family Studies, "The more you invest in fun and friendship and being there for your partner, the happier the relationship will get over time."
A fun, cheap game to play is to take turns writing messages on each others backs. This is a good way to get a free massage. It's relaxing and fun and you can say things to your partner that you have been too embarrassed to say. All you need is lotion and a comfortable place for your partner to lie. Start by warming the lotion in your hands and rubbing it on your partner's back. Do not rub it completely in, instead leave enough on the back so that you can read the message when you write it with your finger. Write coded messages and make your partner guess what it says.
The Newlywed Game is from the popular 1970s TV show. This game allows you to see how well you know your partner. This game is for two to four couples. You are given questions that ask you something about your partner. You answer and compete against other couples to find out who can get the most correct answers. This is a great game to play if you really think you know your partner. The game can be purchased at most major toy stores or online.
Strip Board Games
You can turn any board game into an interesting, romantic game by simply adding the strip effect. For strip Monopoly, instead of paying your partner when you land on her property, you must give her an item of clothing. The first one with no clothes is the loser. You can play this with cards, such as strip poker or go fish. The person who must draw a card in go fish must lose an article of clothing. You can turn any game into a game of strip. Just establish the rules before you play that if "this happens" then you remove an article of clothing. This is a good way to have a romantic, cheap and fun evening with one another.
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Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.