Our friends Kelly and Don go raccoon hunting for Date Night. I admit, I find it a little strange. But it’s the South so we do things a little different down here. They also breed and sell hunting dogs, but not for Date Night.
I asked Kelly why this activity has become their date night, but she couldn’t really give me an answer. It just happened, she said. We both enjoy dogs and hunting, and so it just happened. He husband of course wasn’t much help either-he just shrugged his shoulders.
So I began to research the history of Date Night and what exactly is its purpose. According to Dictionary.com, date night is an evening social date on which a married or long-term couple go out together. It is also a night of the week on which it is usual or customary for couples to go out on a date.
According to The Couples Center, Date Night fosters communication, increases feelings of intimacy, decreases the chances of taking each other for granted, decreases stress, and builds attachment. Well, who doesn’t want that for their marriage? But as critical as each of these reasons are, we’re not alone in not prioritizing Date Night. Why? Because we are too busy to fit even one more thing into our schedules. Because we are prone to taking our spouse and our marriage for granted. Because we prioritize our children and/or our jobs above our relationship.
There has also been some research on Date Night-specifically there is scientifically backed evidence for five reasons to go out on a date:
1-You’ll each be happier
2-You’ll be investing in divorce-proofing your marriage
3-Your sex life will be better
4-Women have increased satisfaction in their marriage
5-Your children will have a better childhood
. Okay I feel like a really horrible wife right now. Time to schedule one! Please comment and let me know your thoughts on this post-I’d love to hear them. Give me some good ideas for Date Night!