Marriage takes a lot of hard work, and the work pays off. There are days that are full and busy and stressful, so it’s always a good idea to be intentional about adding in the fun. We’re guessing when you first met your spouse, you had a ton of fun together: romantic dates, adventures, lots of laughing.
How can we keep the fun alive during years 1, 5, 30, and 50? An intimate marriage isn’t just built in the serious conversations and the physical affection. It’s built in the fun, too.
Here are some simple ideas to add some fun to your marriage:
1) GET OUTDOORS
Whether it’s a hike or a picnic, it’s always a good idea to get some fresh air. Plan a walk in the park or hike on your favorite trail. Think of some fun conversation starters to chat about while you’re out. You can start by talking about your favorite date, when you first met, or where your dream vacation spot would be. Enjoy the sunshine, the breeze, and the time together!
2) WATCH OLD VIDEOS OR FLIP THROUGH OLD PICTURE
Pop some popcorn, find your favorite spot on the couch, and watch your wedding video or old childhood videos. Reminisce over those old memories and bring out the old pictures, too. Sometimes it’s therapeutic to look back on those fun times, as well as realize how far you’ve come. We bet there are some funny outfits and hairstyles you’ll get a good laugh our of, as well!
3) PLAN A SCAVENGER HUNT FOR YOUR SPOUSE
There’s always some fun in surprises. A scavenger hunt doesn’t have to be extravagant. Pick a few locations, create the clues to get your spouse to the prize, and be ready and waiting for them at the end. You can even do this around your house or neighborhood! Maybe there’s a fun treat to hide with each clue. You don’t have to be super creative to have some fun with this one!
4) CAMP OUT IN THE BACKYARD
What’s more intimate than sharing a tent together? Set-up the supplies you need as the sun is setting–and don’t forget the s’mores! Build a little fire, pull out the flashlight, tell some stories, and snuggle up in your sleeping bags.
5) TAKE A SPONTANEOUS ROAD TRIP
How about adding a little spontaneity to your schedule? When you find yourself with an open afternoon, grab your spouse, hop in the car, stop for your favorite road trip snacks, and just drive. Maybe you find the closest lake, mountain, or beach. Maybe you stop at the best hole-in-wall restaurant you can find. Enjoy the journey and the adventure, and leave your day-to-day stress back at home.
No matter how busy we are, we all need some room for fun. Take the time to intentionally plan some lighthearted activities for you and your spouse. There’s always a good reason to make each other smile.
What’s something fun you and your spouse have done lately?