What is one of the most common ingredients found in most great relationships? Fun tends to be right at the top of the list. Life can be difficult at times with either financial worries or those involving kids and families occupying your thoughts. Having fun with someone you love is a great way to combat this stress.
So how can couples increase the fun factor in their relationship? All it takes is a little extra effort. Why not try cooking a meal together from scratch. Pick something neither of you have tried to make before and see what happens. It could turn out to be a complete disaster; but who cares. I know someone who ended up eating strawberry cheese souffl? once. His partner read corn flour in the ingredients. She only had strawberry flavored corn flour in her cupboard, you use it in cakes, but she thought it wouldn’t matter; as it was only one spoonful. The end result was gross but the two of them laughed about it; for years afterwards.
Get involved in outside activities. Not only is it good for your health but it is a bit difficult to take yourself too seriously if you are hanging upside down on a bungee jump!
Try having fun at home as well. You could play some games when the kids are in bed but add an element of naughtiness. Strip poker, Scrabble or Monopoly are all good options. Who said board games had to be boring? See, I bet you’re smiling already.
Try something outside your comfort zone, such as motorbike racing, take a boat out for the day or go horse riding. Do something one or both of you have always wanted to do but just haven’t got around to it yet. Breaking the monotony of everyday life is a great way to improve your communication and rapport with one another.
Laughter is infectious and it is amazing what a positive mind and atmosphere in a home can achieve. Try it for yourself today and see how all your family bonds improve. Moods are contagious and if you are always miserable don’t expect your partner or your kids to behave any differently.
Focus on all the good things you share with your partner. All too often we worry about things going wrong. With the current recession, a lot of people are feeling financial pressure and this can cause anxiety and stress at home. But if you try to concentrate on the blessings you already have, you are likely to create more of them. You will be more open to possibilities and will probably find opportunities to improve your life will come along when you least expect it.
When we value those we love, show them respect, admiration and tenderness, they tend to respond in a similar fashion. Nobody said living together would be easy. With hard work and consistency you can have the dream relationship. Fun and laughter go a long way to achieving that goal.