Guest Contributor: Emma Parkhurst, MS, CHES
USU Extension Assistant Professor
Did you know that couples who schedule “date nights” into their lives reduce the chance of divorce and increase marital happiness? Research shows that date nights provide an opportunity to communicate which can help strengthen understanding of one another; rekindle that ‘spark’ which can be helpful in sustaining that lovin’ feelin’ in the long run; and provide a way to relieve stress and give an opportunity to extend emotional support to one another. And to think we can reap all these benefits and more simply from date night? Count me in!
Another perk about date night? It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to spend some fun quality time together. Even though Monopoly isn’t my favorite way to spend some time together, here are some of my favorite free or cheap date ideas:
If the dates above aren’t your cup of tea, here are some other great ideas. Which one will you try? Eat samples at Costco (when that's allowed again, thanks Covid), explore a new neighborhood, game night, volunteer together, go to expensive open houses, explore the library, go to the zoo or museum, walk a nature trail, or take a laptop and DIY an outdoor movie premier.
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