Re-energize Your Partnership with These 6 Exhilarating Day Concepts

In many ways moving past the honeymoon phase in your relationship has more positives than negatives. You feel completely comfortable with the other person, you experience greater emotional intimacy, you’ve built trust, allowed your guard to come down, and figured out some important communication strategies.

Did you know that when couples participate in novel and exciting dates, the quality of their relationship improves? Psychologists in a 2000 study found that when couples shared more stimulating experiences together they reported higher relationship satisfaction.

That’s because the antidote to boredom is entertainment and your definition of entertainment changes over the course of a relationship. That means your dinner and a movie date, which was once fun because you were getting to know each other, is now boring and unfulfilling.

Once past the honeymoon phase though, the thrill of getting to know each other over a dinner date becomes almost as exciting as watching paint dry. Just because the newness of your relationship has worn off doesn’t mean that the initial spark is dead.

Here are six exhilarating date ideas to give your relationship a quick boost:

This is a great date for the foodie couple who loves trying new restaurants. Why not try four in one night? You’ll have a blast going around town and tasting a new menu item from each spot.

Back at home, set up different stations of wine flights along with their cheese pairings. Pretend you’re a wine connoisseur and swirl and smell the wine before sipping. Come up with the perfect description for what you just tasted.

The Sky High Date
This point of this date is to get your heart beating and adrenaline pumping a little bit faster. You know that feeling you get from reaching the top of the roller coaster and looking over the edge before it takes off? That’s the feeling we’re going for.

The Lewis and Clark Date
Channel your inner explorer with this date about finding a new place that the two of you have never been. While there, you may stumble upon a beautiful creek, a whitewater rapid, or a new furry friend.

The Choose Your Own Adventure Date
Ask your date to write three things he or she has been wanting to do in your city. Whatever is written on the card will be your date for the day. Some ideas can include going on a bike ride, picnicking in the park, taking a cooking class, or going to a museum.

If you’re really feeling up for it, you can even go skydiving, bungee jumping, or snowmobiling. This date is all about going out on the edge for your relationship.

Once past the honeymoon phase though, the thrill of getting to know each other over a dinner date becomes almost as exciting as watching paint dry. That means your dinner and a movie date, which was once fun because you were getting to know each other, is now boring and unfulfilling. Ask your date to write three things he or she has been wanting to do in your city. Channel your inner explorer with this date about finding a new place that the two of you have never been. After a while, relationships become an aspect of your everyday life and dating can become just another part of your routine.

It’s completely normal to move out of the honeymoon phase and feel an energy shift in your relationship. After a while, relationships become an aspect of your everyday life and dating can become just another part of your routine. You’ll have more shared memories to discuss and you’ll feel more satisfied in your relationship.

The Brush Up Date
Have you let an old skill or hobby go dormant? Or, even better, pursue a new interest together. Carve out an hour a week to brush up on an old skill or learn a new one.

The DIY Wine and Cheese Tasting Date
This date is a great alternative. Go to your local wine shop and buy three to five different wines that you’ve never tried before.

The Progressive Dinner Date
This is a new twist on the traditional dinner date. You only eat (or drink) one course per restaurant.