Double Dating May Be Good for Your Relationship

Long-term relationships sometimes need a little retooling to keep things interesting. If you think your romance deserves a much-needed spark, one study found that double dating may help you rekindle passion with your partner.

Turn Up the Heat With Deep Conversation
Researchers from Wayne State University wanted to know how friendships between couples could benefit their romantic relationships. So they studied nearly 150 couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s -- all dating for at least one year, ranging in ethnicity and almost all heterosexual. Couples were paired with other couples. Some pairs were asked to make small talk, while others were encouraged to go deeper and ask questions like, "What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?" and, "If you could go back in your life and change any one experience, what would it be and why?" In the surveys that followed, couples who had deeper life discussions with other couples during double dates scored higher for “passionate love” than couples who kept conversation light.

Researchers speculate that couples who reveal more about themselves to other couples may reinforce their closeness with each other. According to lead study author Keith Welker, PhD, having another couple respond positively to you and your partner may give you a fresh, positive view of your partner and relationship. But what couples get out of double dating may vary depending on the people they go out with, Welker noted. The study was presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Date Night's Done, Now What?
Double dating with good friends may have its merits. But when date night is over, here are tips to ensure passion stays alive and well:

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Be optimistic about your love. Learn how looking at your relationship in a positive light helps boost desire too.

Relationships and Family

Relationships and Family

Relationships and family are at the center of human life, and they can have a huge influence on your health. Having good friendships and family support eases stress, helps you avoid mental illness, and gives you energy and courage ...

for living a healthier life. Relationships start when you give someone else your time and attention. If you find yourself isolated, the best thing to do is reach out through community activities or family connections. Finding ways to help others will make you feel better, and then pay off later when you need support. Good health means caring for yourself, which is infinitely easier to do when other people are also caring for you. If your relationships are in trouble, take steps to resolve the conflict through communication or seeking counseling. The payoff is greater well-being for all involved.