The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and make goals for the year to come. It’s common that we set personal goals, fitness goals, and professional goals, but let’s not forget about relationship goals. Plus, when you’re setting goals together, it’s much more fun and you can hold each other accountable so the goals may actually stick all year long!
Here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions to Make You a Stronger Couple:
1. Put the Phone Down
When you’re spending quality time together, stay focused on each other. (That means no phones!) Try putting them in ‘jail’ and if one of you gets caught taking a peak, you have to do a chore that week!
2. Continue to Learn Things About One Another
When you first started dating, you probably had hundreds of fun stories to share, but as time went on, conversation slowly shifted to things that stress you out or daily updates about work and the kids. Make a point to swap new stories about your past, or think of new questions to ask each other. If you think you already know everything there is to know, try these 30 fun questions
3. Save Up for Something
Pick one of those romantic getaways you’ve been dreaming of taking, this is the year to do it (or at least start saving for it)! Figure out how much you need to save each month and work towards it. Once you reach that goal together, it will be much more rewarding.
4. Volunteer Together
Helping others is a powerful bonding experience, and it actually causes us to release a hormone called oxytocin. This feel good hormone dubbed the “cuddle hormone” causes us to feel a closer bond to others! Plus, engaging in a meaningful volunteering task can help you and your partner see all the good in the lives you share together. If you don’t know where to start, try Feeding America.
5. Break Your Routine
While having date nights at your favorite places can feel comfortable and nostalgic, or watching Netflix every night is easy and enjoyable, getting stuck in a monotonous loop can lead to feelings of boredom and dissatisfaction in your relationship. Our goal at Bonding Bees is to make it easy for couples to mix it up once a month by providing a complete date night for you to enjoy right from your living room. Get 50% off your 1st month with code: 2018Goals or use code: NewYear for $15 off an already discounted 3 or 6 month subscription! Learn More
6. Try a New Sport Together
If you’re like most of us who hope to lose a little weight in the New Year, you might actually stick to it longer if you do it together! There are so many different things to try together - Boxing? Crossfit? Racquetball? Tennis? An online class? Find something that you would both enjoy and make it a goal to stick to it.
7. Focus on the Little Things
More often than not, it’s the little things that we look back on and cherish. Start by asking each other what little things you can do this year to make your significant other happier, and then make more of an effort to do them. It’s also fun to create a gratitude jar at the beginning of the year with a little notepad beside it. Anytime your partner does something sweet (or funny, cute, memorable) write it down and put it in the jar. Then at the end of the year open up the jar and read them together!
8. Be More Affectionate
Kiss, hug and repeat! Let your spouse know how much they mean to you. Before you part your ways each day make it a ritual to give each other a hug and kiss. Next time you pass your spouse watching television, cooking a meal or focusing on something else - give them a kiss and remind them how much they mean to you.
9. Don’t Bring Up Old Fights
The start of a New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start, and that means moving on from the hard times of the past. If you still have things that are unresolved, discuss them and agree on a resolution, and then move on and focus on a wonderful 2018 together.
10. Spice Things Up
Once you’ve been in a relationship for several years and maybe even started a family, it can be hard to find time (and also be in the mood) for intimacy. This year, find a game to play in the bedroom together. Redbook Magazine share’s a list of 29 really fun games Here and they are sure to spice up your love life!
Create your own list of goals for 2018 together, write them down and then put them on the refrigerator so you don’t forget!
Happy New Year and here’s to keeping your relationship a priority all year long!