Dating ideas and activities
Pick some healthy crudités like broccoli, cauliflower, and strawberries to up the benefits.
Bonus: Working out with a buddy can inspire you to push yourself harder.Split the drinks so you’re not super high on caffeine.You’ll still get the perks—research shows coffee can be good for you, helping stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s. Whether going sweet with chocolate fondue or savory with some Gruyere, there’s no need to purchase a special fondue pot: Many recipes sub in a saucepan or Crock Pot, like this easy s’more fondue.Cost: $Skip the bars one evening and play cocktail master at home.Whip up seasonal beverages like apple cider margaritas or old favorites like mojitos and battle it out to see who makes the best drink.Hop around a few neighborhood spots to try out the world of lagers, stouts, ales, and IPAs and taste the healthiest of the bunch.
Cost: $$$Fresh out of the oven, dipped in milk, or crumbled on top of ice cream, cookies are the ultimate comfort dessert.
Plus, the loot is perfect for snacking, adding to a parfait, or whipping up healthy treats together (gluten-free apple crisp, anyone? Instead of Instagramming, give the smartphone a break and purchase a disposable camera.
It’s the perfect way to unplug while still capturing fun and memorable moments.
While shared rituals—such as splitting the penne at your favorite Italian joint every Friday—can be a fun tradition, research shows relationships need novelty too.
Keeping things fresh can increase relationship satisfaction and bring back those “butterflies” that we’ve all had on the first few dates, at the same time flooding the brain with feel-good dopamine Couples’ shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, N. Journal of Personal and Social Psychology, 2000; 78(2): 273-84.
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