5 Date Ideas for Strengthening a Relationship

March 20, 2015

by Nadine Paull


Relationships offer the best of so many worlds: exhilaration, excitement, hard work, and familiarity. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of maintaining healthy, balanced relationships, is making time for quality time — and knowing how to spend that time effectively!

Whether you’re a fan of the classics or up for trying something new and exiting, this list of go-to date ideas has your next date night covered!


Dinner and a Movie

Let’s start with the basics! ‘Dinner and a movie’ is the quintessential, classically romantic date option, and incorporates two things that everybody loves: food and movies. You can even visit a dine-in theater, which offers both! 


Picnic in the Park

Picnics not only combine the perfect ingredients for a memorable meal, but all the makings of a storybook date: fresh air, natural scenery, and new adventures. Soak up the sunshine, enjoy a bottle of wine, and bring a game to play. And if you want to add some old school charm, bring your boom box and play your date’s favorite tunes.


Go for a Hike

Hiking is a great way to stay fit, burn calories, and bond through adventure. In fact, science says couples who sweat together stay together, so break out those hiking boots and get on the road to your favorite hiking spot. Time spent in nature can be a wonderful stress reliever, and when stress levels are low, love is high!


Attend a Concert

Share your love of your music in an energetic, upbeat environment. Sometimes being part of a crowd can alleviate the pressure of keeping a conversation flowing, and it’s sure to give you plenty to talk about. You might even discover a mutual love for a certain style of music!


Get Screened

While genetic testing isn’t the most conventional of date ideas, it certainly is an important one. You’re opening a door to learn more about yourself, and more importantly, learn about your future with the person you love. Together, you and your significant other will take control of your health and feel empowered to make the right decisions for you and your future family. What could be more romantic than planning ahead for the health of your future children?


Next time you’re planning a memorable date, whether you’re the old-fashioned type, or a lover of adventure, consider what will truly help bring you and your loved one closer together.

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If a person or couples’ risk is elevated, genetic counselors will privately address the results, options and resources to help plan for a healthy future.

JScreen believes that a combination of education, access to state-of-the-art testing technology, and personalized support by qualified medical professionals are key to preventing devastating genetic diseases.