The week spanning the end of April and beginning of May, April 25th – May 4th, is 2014’s National Dance Week! This week of celebration is meant to bring awareness and visibility to the wide world of dance – from recreational to classical, choreographed to just plain fun!
And with this in mind, we wanted to take a moment to talk about the wonders dancing can work on your marriage. In fact, dancing just might be one of the only activities you can do with your spouse that works to the benefit of your relationship in multiple ways – at the same time!
First and foremost, dancing with your spouse puts you up close and personal – this means you’re both sharing physical touch and spending quality time together.
Sharing that physical touch goes a long way in feeling connected, and as for the time you’re spending together – having a common goal, like learning a set of dance steps, helps you work together cooperatively, and makes it that much more satisfying when you get it right!
If you make dancing a regular hobby, you’ll also be finding new places to get out of the house! It could be a dance class or local group of enthusiasts, or just a trip to a place playing the kind of music you like to dance to. In all of those scenarios, you’re getting out into the world with your spouse, meeting new people, enjoying a new experience together, and strengthening the bond you share.
But it gets even better! Dancing is a great way to enjoy some physical contact, to spend time together, and have some fun outside of your daily routine – but it’s also great exercise!
Even the simplest dances have you up on your feet, moving in time to the music. Much of the time, it doesn’t even feel like a workout while you’re doing it – mostly because you’re focused on the music (and on your partner). The benefits of exercise, especially when it’s a product of something fun, go without saying – but exercise also helps promote a healthy sex drive. That means, if you didn’t already guess, that a night of dancing can help you want to do a little more “dancing” when you get home!
As you can see, the benefits are numerous – and not terribly difficult to achieve, just get out there and move to the music. There aren’t very many activities that are simultaneously athletic and romantic, social and deeply personal. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert, dancing with your spouse can help you be more in love!
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Dr. Dana Fillmore and Amy Barnhart, co-Founders, StrongMarriageNow.com
My wife, Bea, and I have started going swing dancing recently. I was so opposed to it at first, but it turns out that dancing is actually a lot of fun. We're just happier together after we get done dancing.
Glad to hear it, Tom!
I had a fight with my husband tonight, or well more like he sat there and harassed me for like about an hour to TELL the truth to our kids well the truth to him is and he is very verbally aggressive about it. So after that I caved (feeling very foolish and stupid right now)and I called my babies down from bed to tell them that my babies and I are going up north for my cousins grad without daddy. My husband wanted me to tell them and I did that I lied and plotted with my auntie about him so he couldn't go with us. What the lie part about is about is that he thinks that my auntie thinks that he slept with his little brothers ex wife and he didn't, and I didn't stand up for him,and I did stand up for him. Anyway so I call my kids downstairs and tell them that daddy isn't going with up to the grad ceremony because I lied and plotted against him so he couldn't go. He kept insisting I tell them everything so I continued, that I'm a liar and I made stuff up about him and his brothers ex wife so now my auntie doesn't want him to come. My daughter who 13 couldn't not figure out how that would have happened because as far as she knows he only saw her once and the swimming pool. After of course my husband kept telling me that I to tell them the truth about the whole affair and the whole story involving my auntie. And that is that while I was there, building a cake for something that while I was working he was over at his brothers ex-wife say again brothers ex-wife's house and that it could be scene or taken in a very bad way.
Hi, Charity - that sounds like a convoluted situation. Kids should never be brought in to an argue, especially just to anger or embarrass your spouse. I think you both need to open up the lines of communication. https://www.strongmarriagenow.com/truth-anger/