Intimacy through Recreation

Are you looking for a good way to strengthen your marriage? Try playing tennis with your spouse, or going on a bike ride.

It's a fact that couples who play together tend to stay together. Men place a great deal of importance on shared activities with their spouse, while women tend to thrive on emotional intimacy, which usually comes through just being together.

My wife and I are into hiking and mountain biking, and we've used those activities to bond, as well as to build a lot of great memories. Some of our best conversations have taken place on the hiking trail or the bike path.

The quickest way to let passion plummet in a relationship is to disconnect. If he's always off playing golf with his buddies, and she's meeting with her book club, emotional intimacy can fall by the wayside. The strongest couples learn to develop shared interests, and then work them into their weekly schedules.

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How you see yourself as an adult depends largely on how your parents saw you when you were young. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to our own kids.

Kids can quickly grow discouraged if attempts to make friends come up short. Encourage your child that it takes repeated attempts to connect with others, and that friendships are built through a number of shared experiences.

So, what is the true secret to happiness? In a word, it’s attitude.

There’s more to life than being efficient and productive. Especially when you have kids in the house.

It isn’t the major tragedies that tear so many marriages apart, it’s the unhealthy choices that couples make on a daily basis.

Would you be able to tell if you, or someone you loved, were an alcoholic?

How do you keep sanity in the family when life goes screaming by at a hundred miles an hour?

When was the last time you gave your marriage a "tune up?"

You wouldn't let your car go years without checking under the hood, so why not give your marriage the same attention?

All couples argue from time to time. It’s how we argue that makes a difference in the outcome.

Disagreement is inevitable—especially in a marriage. But there are right and wrong ways to argue.

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