That is enough evidence to start dating your spouse more! Bradford Wilcox and Jeffrey Dew highlight five reasons why date nights have strong correlations to healthy marriages: date nights provide opportunities for communication, novelty, , strengthening commitment, and de-stressing.

AGAIN, There really aren’t excuses for not spending quality time together that is fun or relaxing.

Date nights improve marriages, according to common sense and a comprehensive, quantitative study conducted by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

Life can be tough and in those tough times, we tend to put this incredibly important relationship of ours on the back-burner. For whatever the reason, these situations start to take precedence over something that is so essential to a relationship.

I don’t think couples realize how important dating is to their relationship until they go without that special time for a few months and they truly feel a disconnect happening.

It’s true that people can change, so don’t ditch a guy just because he seems like a slacker at first. However, if you don’t eventually see some of these characteristics, don’t be afraid to dump him and move on to someone new.

If you’re young and having fun at this point in your life, it’s okay to date around and have flings, but before long you’re going to want to settle down, so make sure you do it with a quality man, not an immature boy.

When you’re dating a guy, it’s easy to think he’s perfect.

To the couples who haven’t gone on a date in awhile: I know I say this a lot, and I don’t want to come off as annoying, judge-y or insensitive when I write this post.

Commitment: By opening up to each other on dates, spouses build strong bonds that solidify their commitment to each other.

This is important for the inevitable hard times that hit us all.

I think there’s a lot of power in deciding on a date, asking on a date, or even just giving the title of “date” to something you do together.