Whether you're trying to build a new relationship or keep an old one alive, romance is a hard thing to keep going strong. Some research shows that, rather than heading out for an isolated evening with your sweetie, a double date may be a more effective way to keep each other interested.
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According to the research, when one couple shared their experiences with a second couple and received validating or encouraging input, the first couple felt more passionately about their own relationship. The rewards of positive feedback aren't surprising, but the application of this idea (where romance is typically viewed as a private affair) is particularly useful:
"Any setting where couples can talk, exchange information about each other, and respond to each other in a validating, thoughtful manner could apply," he said.
"One very practical application could be going out to dinner with another couple." But Welker advised dinner at home, as that will engender more disclosure than a date at a public restaurant.
The obvious caveat is that this method requires you to have another couple to bond with that won't cause increased tension or drama. However, if you're trying to keep the magic alive, you might be better off skipping the candlelit dinner for two.
Double Dating Can Revive Passion in Relationships [Psych Central]