A relationship needs constant effort from both partners. Just like how you water the plants every day to keep them alive, you need to work on your relationship to keep it healthy.
You might have started dating or entered into a relationship based on your partner’s good looks or intelligence, but in the long term, you need more than just the looks or the brains to live together. That is why it is essential to build a strong relationship that can stand the test of time.
A great bond between you and your partner can be created only when you have mutual trust, communicate well, and have fun. Once the bond is forged, you should continuously work to keep the love alive. Wondering how to do it? Read on as we tell you some exciting relationship-building activities.
15+ Relationship Building Activities
Have a look at these activities and try them to forge a strong bond with your partner.
Trust Building Activities
Try these activities if you are looking to develop a relationship based on mutual trust. Make them a part of your daily life.
1. Connect with your partner
A foolproof way to build trust with your partner is by connecting with them emotionally. Once an emotional connection is established, it will be smooth sailing for both partners. Connecting with your partner doesn’t need elaborate exercises or plans. Simple things such as cuddling together, looking into each other’s eyes when talking, or holding each other’s arms and going for a walk can build that mutual love and bonding.
The key here is to be soft, sweet, and loving with your partner no matter what you do. Connecting with your partner is an excellent way to build trust, whether you are dating or have been together for quite some time.
2. Confess and apologize
To err is human, but you also have the power to heal wounds caused by your mistakes. Lies may look attractive and an easy way out, but they will betray your partner’s trust and ruin the relationship in the long run. Even if you know your partner might become upset, always speak the truth and come out clean in front of them.
The truth may cause unbearable pain initially, but it will build trust and keep the relationship healthy. Both of you can take turns to confess, or one of you can go ahead and come out clean. Apologize and make sure not to repeat the same mistake.
3. Show your vulnerable side
Every one of us has some dark secrets hidden deep inside our minds. These are the secrets you do not wish to share with anyone because you fear being judged or ridiculed. However, the beauty of being in a relationship is to have a person you can share your dark secrets with.
Depending on how far along you are in the relationship, you might have the urge to share certain things about your life that you have never shared with anyone else. It could be the time when you were bullied in high school or the days when you were depressed because of a cheating ex. If you pluck up the courage to share one big secret with them, it can build up trust that can last forever.
However, before attempting this exercise, make sure you both are comfortable with each other, and you have the initial trust that your secret will not become a weapon against you.
4. Maintain consistency
Another great way to build trust is by being consistent, whether it is by showing patience or love towards each other. It could entail sharing the workload or informing your partner about your whereabouts and doing these things consistently. Also, be honest and transparent with your partner.
Set up a date night, show up on time, and share your feelings openly with each other. These small acts of kindness and love can bring significant changes in your relationship and help build trust within your relationship.
Communication Building Activities
You might love your partner to the moon and back, but if you cannot communicate it to them, it can strain the relationship. Effective communication is like oxygen for a relationship. Here are a few communication building activities.
5. Talk about each other’s goals
This is an important exercise that helps build an effective communication channel between couples. When you communicate your wants and needs better, it brings happiness and satisfaction in the relationship.
It could be your goal to set up your own business or to work abroad. If you can openly discuss and understand why the goals are important, that would help cement a strong relationship. Also, while talking about goals, you will unconsciously open up and share your passions, dreams, and the person you really are.
6. Identify the positives
This is an exercise that would not only help improve communication between you two but also bring you closer and evoke positive feelings. List out all the positives of each other and express them face to face, or pen them down in the form of a love letter.
Such small acts will help create lasting memories and build a strong relationship. To make it more memorable, you can also describe how their positive qualities make you happy.
7. Reconstruct past miscommunications
When two completely different people enter into a relationship, they are bound to have arguments and fights. However, most of the time, the conflicts might be due to miscommunications. Many people fail to control their emotions and talk hurtful things when angry. Such heart-piercing statements can ruin a relationship. Here is an activity to help heal past wounds and repair the broken heart.
Set aside a time and bring up past hurtful statements and insults, give each other another chance to rephrase the words, and express your real intent calmly and lovingly. Such exercises provide a safe space for dealing with any past hurts. The one who hurled insults might understand how their words hurt the other person and may find a more subtle and constructive way to express their anger and frustration.
8. Be a good listener
It is important to be a good listener in a relationship. If you always interrupt or do not let your partner complete their sentences, it will lead to a fight. To build a healthy relationship, it is important to listen to each other.
Set a timer and take turns to voice your concerns or tell each other how your day was. While your partner speaks, resist the temptation to talk or interrupt them. While listening, you can express your support by saying ‘I understand.’
9. Keep a journal
Words have the power to mend hearts and create positive vibes. Keep a journal and take turns to write a loving message for each other.
You can include love quotes or convey your appreciation for each other. Make sure to keep complaints and judgments out of the journal. Remember, the lines should make your partner think of you and smile.
10. Express through songs
If you are looking for a way to communicate with your partner in a fun way, then pick up your phone and browse through your playlist.
Have you ever listened to a song and felt it resonates with your feelings? Share that song with your partner, and tell them why that song is so special. Next, ask your partner to do the same.
This activity works best for shy couples who have a hard time putting their feelings into words.
Couples need to forge a close bond with each other to build a healthy relationship. Have a look at the following activities and try them to get closer to each other.
11. Pick a hobby and pursue it together
It could be attending a cooking class or hitting the gym, pick an activity that both of you enjoy doing, and try to do it together. Such activities help you strengthen your bond with your partner and keep you motivated.
While trying such bonding exercises, you can pick an activity that interests both of you or do something which either of you likes. The key here is to do something as a team and create a bond.
Traveling with your partner can be a quick way to bond with each other. This could be the reason behind the sending of newly wed couples away on honeymoons. But, if you are an already married couple, then pick up a risky adventure, such as going on a road trip or exploring a distant country. Such trips would require extensive planning, which could be a good way to bond with each other.
Also, throughout the journey, you will understand each other and learn to love unconditionally. These two things are quite essential to build a relationship.
13. Take up a project
This may sound like taking up a hobby, but this is something more serious. You both can take up a project such as building a community shelter or fostering rescue animals. These tasks require commitment and patience. While doing them, you would understand each other better.
The success of the project would determine how well you were able to bond with your partner. You may argue a lot in the process, but amidst all that chaos, you will find real love.
14. Ask each other questions
Many online resources offer questions that you can ask each other. Such questions are designed to promote intimacy and create bonding between couples. Talk to your partner, and if they are okay with it, you can take turns, pick some questions, and answer them.
However, make sure you answer them honestly because honest answers help bring people closer and build relationships.
15. Start new traditions
Routine may be comfortable, but it also gets boring. Start new traditions that can ocassionally help you get out of your routine and help build a strong bond between you and your partner. Activities such as planting a tree on your anniversary or adopting a pet and nurturing it together can help you bond and build a strong relationship.
Fun Relationship Building Activities
Relationship building need not always be serious. You can do things you enjoy and still build a relationship with your partner. Read more about fun activities for couples from our posts 30 fun hobbies for couples to do together and 31 fun activities for couples to bond.
All these activities would help in bringing you and your partner close to each other. However, some activities may need some level of intimacy and understanding before trying them. So, talk to your partner and then plan together.