Reignite The Spark In Your Relationship With Weekly Date Nights

The hustle and bustle of daily life can take a toll on relationships. Whether it's long work hours, household chores, or taking care of kids, couples often find themselves neglecting their relationship and date night. In fact, a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that 44% of couples reported that their relationship was significantly stressed by financial concerns.

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Fortunately, there's a simple solution to combat the stress and strain of everyday life on a relationship: regular date nights. Date nights help reduce stress, improve communication, and keep the romance alive in a relationship. In this article, we'll explore the scientific benefits of date night and the importance of trying something new to reignite the spark in your relationship. 

The Science Behind Date Night

Numerous studies have found that regular date nights are essential for happy relationships. For example, a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that couples who had a regular date night reported higher levels of satisfaction in their relationships, better communication, and a stronger emotional connection. This study also found that date nights were particularly important for couples who had been together for a long time.

Another study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that couples who had a regular date night reported higher levels of intimacy, passion, and commitment in their relationships. This study also found that date nights were associated with lower levels of stress and a higher quality of life.

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In other words, dates are an essential part of a healthy life and relationship, no matter how old you or it is. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the best-selling book "The 5 Love Languages," put it best when he said that date nights are an essential part of keeping the spark alive in a relationship. According to Dr. Chapman, "Date nights give you an opportunity to talk and connect on a deeper level. When you're busy with the daily grind, it's easy to get caught up in the mundane. Date nights allow you to break that cycle and remind each other of why you fell in love in the first place."

So How Often Should Date Night Happen?

Now that we've established the importance of date night for relationships, there’s still the question of how often couples should have date nights? Just like with the science behind having a regular date night, there’s plenty of research to provide the answer.

For example, according to a study by the National Marriage Project, couples who have a weekly date night are significantly more likely to report being "very happy" in their relationship compared to those who have less frequent date nights. In fact, the study found that couples who have a regular date night are 3.5 times more likely to report being "very happy" in their relationship.

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Another study by the University of Virginia's National Marriage Project found that couples who spend quality time together at least once a week are more likely to have better communication, a stronger emotional connection, and higher levels of sexual satisfaction.

Based on the above studies, it's clear that weekly date nights are important for maintaining a happy and healthy relationship. While we know every couple's schedules and circumstances are different, aim to have at least one dedicated date night per week. Whether it's a dinner date, a fun activity, or just a quiet night in together, the important thing is to make time for each other and continue to develop your connection with one another.

The Importance Of Trying Something New

Even regular date nights can start to lose their effectiveness if you’re doing the same thing every week. In fact, this can even have the opposite effect you’re looking for. So, to keep things fresh and exciting while still enjoying the benefits of regular date nights, try new experiences or activities together.

Research backs this up too by showing that trying new things together can have a positive impact on relationships. For example, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that couples who engaged in new and exciting activities together reported higher levels of relationship satisfaction and felt closer to their partner.

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In fact, according to psychologist Dr. Jennice Vilhauer, trying something new together can also help couples to bond over a shared experience. "When you try something new together, you're both outside of your comfort zone. This can help to build trust and intimacy, as you rely on each other to navigate the new experience."

Ideas For Date Night

As we mentioned earlier, a regular date night only works if you keep things fresh. Thankfully, when it comes to date night ideas, the possibilities are only limited by your and your partner’s imagination. In addition, when you and your partner suggest ideas and talk through them together, you’re creating another chance to bond. When you do choose one, remember it should be something you both enjoy and allows you to connect on a deeper level. 

Here are some ideas to get you started.

#1 - Cook Together 

Cooking together is a fun way to bond and create something delicious. Choose a recipe you both love and spend the evening cooking and enjoying each other's company. 

Couple smiling as they cook together during their outdoor date at night

#2 - Go On A Hike

Spending time in nature is a great way to reduce stress and connect with your partner. Choose a local trail and spend the day hiking and exploring. You could also opt for something more adventurous, whether that’s going on a drive or staying somewhere overnight.

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#3 - Take A Dance Class

Learning a new skill together can be a fun and exciting way to connect. Consider taking a dance class together, whether it's salsa, ballroom, or hip hop. If you like it, make it a regular part of your weekly routine.

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#4 - Attend A Wine Tasting 

Wine tasting can be a refined and relaxing way to spend an evening. You can learn about different wines and enjoy some delicious snacks together. This also allows you to share notes with one another on the tastes and to start developing ideas for what wines you’d like to buy. You could even do the wine tasting at home for a fun and more intimate twist on the date night idea.

Couple laughing together as they sip on their wine during their date in the living room

#5 - Have A Game Night 

Whether it's board games, card games, or video games, a game night is a fun and lighthearted way to spend time with your partner.  There are plenty of games to choose from too, and you could even venture out of the home to a board game bar or cafe, video game bar or cafe, or a more traditional arcade experience. These choices give you and your partner plenty of options to choose from as well as providing your date nights with added variety.

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#6 - Connection Cards

If you’re looking for something light and easy to pair with a dinner date, why not try our Connection Cards? These are 50 question cards that help create a deeper connection between one another. You can make a game out of them by rating how well each other responds and getting more points for better responses.

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How The Adventure Challenge Can Help Reignite The Spark

Keep in mind the above ideas are just the start of your date night. For more, check out our list of 55 cheap date ideas that are fun and create connection between you and your partner. Even better, try out our The Adventure Challenge: Couples Edition and The Adventure Challenge: In Bed Edition books. Each provides you with 50 scratch-off challenges that give you out-of-the-box date night ideas to enjoy with your partner. With them, you’ll shake things up and discover exciting new ways to connect with each other.  The sooner you order, the sooner you’ll break free from the same old routine and ensure the spark between the two of you is alive and well! 

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