52 Uncommon Ways to Unwind Together
A Couple's Guide to Relaxing, Refreshing, and De-Stressing
Fun Dates that Help You Reinvigorate Your Relationship
Whether you’re going through a difficult season, your relationship has shifted into autopilot, or the everyday stresses of life are wearing you out, it’s time to de-stress together. Boost your relational connection and make fun memories with these strategically designed activities that provide opportunities to enjoy yourselves and unwind.
Each date idea includes suggestions for going the extra mile, personalizing the date to your unique story, speaking your spouse’s love language, and connecting with God. This thorough yet simple guide to unwinding together helps you:
• Release the pressures that take a toll on physical, spiritual, and emotional health
• Equip you to be a calming and healing presence in your spouse’s life
• Connect on a deeper level and rekindle intimacy in your relationship
Whether it’s creating a throwback party or offering your spouse a chauffeured commute, you’ll find clever and enjoyable ways to have fun and relax together.
Southern (52 Uncommon Dates) provides a plethora of ideas for partners looking for deeper connection in this welcoming guide. His suggestions include dance class, taking affectionate photos and selfies (of kissing or hugging), and driving one's spouse to and from work. Southern matches each suggestion with one of the five love languages, based on Gary Chapman's book of the same name. For example, hiring a calligrapher to paint an encouraging quote on one's walls may appeal to someone with a love language of words of affirmation. Southern includes a Bible reading and list of questions that correspond to each idea to guide discussions about them. Southern also encourages readers to serve others with such actions as inviting an elderly person or widow to dinner, or mentoring an engaged couple, and reminds readers to be mindful of each other's preferences: "The fact that two people don't share the same tastes doesn't make them incompatible; it makes them individuals." Spouses who want to spice up date night or understand one another better will be pleased.