What suggestions do you have for couples on how to keep their marriage “fresh” and “alive”?
Ignore a lot of what you’ve heard on TV. Here are three quick tips, all based on research. 1) Ditch date night. If you have a night alone, don’t just go to dinner and movie. Spending time with your partner is more renewing if you try something different, drive to a new part of town, take a class, cook a challenging recipe. The newness will trigger the same chemical reaction you had upon first meeting. 2) Go on a double date. The novelty and intimacy of being with another couple will have the same impact. 3) Focus on yourself. If you learn a new skill, try a new hobby, or join a new club, your expanded world will expand your partner’s world.