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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Need more hours in the day? Here’s an idea…turn off your screens!

Are you and your spouse staying together “for the sake of the kids?” If so, then I’ve got some encouraging news for you.

All marriages go through “flat spots”—those times when you feel like you’re in a rut. That’s why you have to look for ways to reignite the romance.

Having a hard time focusing on your work? Maybe you’re not having enough fun!

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

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.

How can we really keep Christmas simple and not feel overwhelmed?
What can we do to create a time of joy, peace and genuine goodwill?
Here are a few ideas that can help.

With songs about Santa playing in the supermarket and advertisements pressuring us to spend more money, Christmas can become a little distorted.

Did you know that for many people the most depressing time of the year comes right after the holidays? We’re all so wrapped up in getting the house decorated and the presents bought that we don’t seem to have a minute to relax.

Getting kids to bed can often feel like pulling teeth. But not if you work at making bedtime special.

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