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.
Many parks offer cheap day rentals, so it’s easy to relax on the water, enjoy beautiful sights, and burn some calories.
Cost: $$ - $$$Hitting the pavement to train for a race, whether it’s a fun 5K Color Run or a challenging marathon, can bring the two of you closer and help you both hold yourselves accountable for training days. But now many cities have rolled out similar programs that allow folks to cruise around on rented two-wheelers on the cheap.
Ultimately, we ended where we started: With no source to back up the claim.
In the end, the onus is on the speaker to offer a source for what he said.
During the 2012 legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that requires the state's school districts to put policies in place combating teen dating violence. During the debate, statistics were thrown out left and right in support of the new policy. He mentioned that he'd heard the statistic some eight years ago at a conference in San Diego. Gail Hayes, a spokeswoman for the Injury Center, showed us how to drill down into the data on hand.
When you get home, whip up some healthy snacks or a romantic meal for two.
The best she could come up with was the fact that just over 41 percent of female homicides aged 1-50 were "intimate-partner related." But, she said, that data applied to only 16 states and couldn't be reliably nationalized.
The CDC had some recent reports on the issues of intimate partner violence, but none of them referenced Monroe's statistic.
The ambitious and craft-savvy among us can even turn the pics into a scrapbook to give as a holiday or anniversary present.
Cost: $$Scout out seasonal produce, take advantage of the freshest ingredients, support local businesses, and get to know exactly where your food is coming from.