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9 Couples Games that Strengthen Relationships

There is a belief held by some that relationships can be like a game, with both partners facing common obstacles together. Occasionally, one partner may unintentionally put an obstacle in the way of the other, or give up mid-game. Such situations can turn the relationship into a struggle for each partner individually or with each other. However, it's possible to change this game and play it differently. To help you do so, we have put together nine fun games that will deepen the bond between you and your partner. We recommend making some of these games a part of your routine. Each game is designed to make you a more loving and understanding couple, whether you are just starting out or have been married for years.

1. 36 big questions that lead to love

In any relationship, communication is a very important part, and the more you share with each other, the better and more open your communication will be. This game will help you do this in a fun way, building trust and intimacy that will help you grow together as a couple. Take turns asking each other the following questions, which have been found by researchers to be "catalysts of falling in love", and soon you will see the other side in front of you in a new light and even yourself. Note that the questions are divided into 3 sets, with each set of questions being more intimate and personal than the last. You don't have to complete all the sets at once.
couples' games: 36 big questions that lead to love

Set #1:
1. If you could invite anyone in the world to dinner, who would you choose?
2. Would you like to be famous? If so, in what way?
3. Before you make a phone call, do you rehearse with yourself what you are going to say? Why?
4. What would you consider a "perfect day"?
5. When was the last time you served yourself? And when in front of someone else?
6. If you could live to be 90 with the brain or body of a 30-year-old, what would you choose?
7. Do you have a gut feeling that tells you how you will die?
8. What three things do you think we have in common?
9. What are you most grateful for in your life?
10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would you change?
11. Tell me your life story in 4 minutes.
12. If you could wake up tomorrow with a new ability or character trait, what would you choose?

Set #2:
13. If a crystal ball were to tell you the truth about yourself, your life, your future or anything else, what would you want to know?
14. Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it until now?
15. What is your greatest achievement in life?
16. What do you value most in a friend?
17. What is your favorite memory?
18. What is your worst memory?
19. If you knew that within a year from today, you would die - what would you change in the way you live your life and why?
20. What does friendship mean to you?
21. What is the role of love in your life?
22. Can you share with me five positive aspects of your character?
23. Could you describe your family dynamic and if your childhood was a happy one?
24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?


Set #3
25. Say 3 real sentences that start with "we".
26. Complete the sentence: I wish I had someone I could share with..."
27. What do you think is important to you?
28. What do you like about me - things you would not say to someone you just met
29. What is the most embarrassing moment in your life?
30. When was the last time you cried in front of someone else or alone?
31. What is one more thing you like about me that you haven't said until now?
32. What, if anything, is something that should not be laughed at?
33. If you got into a dangerous situation without getting a chance to contact anyone first, what would you regret not telling anyone? Why didn't you tell them that until now?
34. Imagine your home catches fire, and you only have one chance to go back in and save one item. What would it be and why?
35. Which member of your family's death would impact you the most and why?
36. Can you talk about a problem you're currently facing and ask your partner for their input on how to solve it? Additionally, what are their thoughts on the issue?

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2. The Newlyweds Game

"The Newlywed Game," despite its name, is not just for newly married couples. It can be a fun and insightful game for couples at any stage of their relationship. This game tests your knowledge of each other's preferences, habits, and personal history.

To play, each partner separately writes down their answers to a set of predetermined questions. These can be simple things like, "What's your partner's favorite color or food?" or more complex queries such as, "What's the most memorable trip you've taken together?" or "What's your partner's proudest accomplishment?"

Once both partners have answered all the questions, they take turns reading the questions aloud and guessing what the other person has answered. The aim is to match your partner's written answer, which can lead to surprising revelations, hearty laughter, and deeper conversations.

This game is a light-hearted way of discovering how well you know each other's nuances, and it can also highlight areas where you can get to know each other better. The process of playing can strengthen your bond, improve communication, and enhance mutual understanding.

3. Two Truths and a Lie
We'll take turns stating three things about ourselves - two of them will be true and one will be a lie. The other person has to guess which one is the lie. It's a fun way to get to know each other better.
Want to get to know your spouse more deeply? This game will require each of you to come up with two true stories and one false story, with the other having to guess which story is not true. For this, you will have to reveal details that your partners do not know about you, and of course, you can try to confuse them and make them think that you did things that never happened and never happened.
4. Couple's Bucket List

The "Couple's Bucket List" game or activity encourages couples to explore their individual and shared dreams, fostering intimacy and understanding in the process. To begin, each partner should take some time alone to contemplate and write down a list of experiences they want to have, places they'd like to visit, skills they'd want to learn, or goals they'd like to achieve in their lifetime. These can range from simple wishes like trying a particular cuisine or restaurant, to grand aspirations like traveling to a far-off country, running a marathon, or learning a new language.

Once you've each created your lists, come together and share your items one by one. This sharing process can itself be a great bonding experience as it often leads to stories, explanations, and deeper conversations about why these particular items made your list.

After sharing, look for common goals or experiences that both of you have listed. These shared aspirations could become a joint bucket list that you work to accomplish together over time. Planning and experiencing these shared dreams together can help create shared memories, strengthen your bond, and bring more fun and adventure into your relationship. Even the items that aren't shared can provide insights into your partner's personal dreams and aspirations, deepening your understanding of each other.

4. See eye-to-eye

This entertaining game will make you laugh, and along the way will also help to fix communication gaps, since you will have to listen carefully to each other. Take a sheet of paper and a pencil, sit with your back to the other, and one of you will begin to describe a certain object, while the other should draw it. The trick is that you must not say the name of the object, but you can only describe it, for example, what is its color, what is its texture, and what is its shape. The drawing partner listens, reproduces the best description he can on the page, and finally you both examine the drawing and laugh.

5. I Feel ______

At times, expressing our emotions can be challenging, and putting them into words can be even harder. However, picking up a pencil and sketching can work wonders that are beyond explanation. Your emotions take form, albeit abstract, and this is what you will be sharing with your team in the upcoming game. Each member will take turns drawing their emotions, and once everyone is done, the pictures will be exchanged. Every team member will then express what they see in the drawing. It's essential to listen carefully to what your partner says and then convey what you intended to express.
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6. The Ups and Downs 

While it may not fit the conventional definition of a game, integrating a nightly discussion ritual into your daily routine can offer numerous benefits for your relationship. Once the day has wound down and distractions like children or work are set aside, taking a moment to connect can make a world of difference. This connection can come in the form of a simple 10 to 30-minute conversation where you share the best and worst moments of your day.

This ritual does more than just fill each other in on daily occurrences. It serves as a consistent space for open communication, where you can express joys, frustrations, victories, and challenges. This exchange allows both partners to be seen and heard, fostering empathy and understanding.

Over time, this practice can help prevent communication breakdowns and misunderstandings. It encourages a habit of active listening and mutual support, strengthening the bond between you. By sharing daily experiences and emotions, you can gain a deeper insight into each other's lives and perspectives, promoting a more profound and intimate connection.

7. The Listening Game

We're confident that at least one of you will enjoy this activity. Set a timer for 5 minutes and have one spouse discuss any topic they want while the other spouse listens without interruption. It could be a story about something that occurred during the day, long-overdue grievances, or just expressions of love towards each other. The main objective is for one partner to talk while the other listens without interruption.

8. Three Thanks

This activity can be incorporated into your daily routine along with the previous game, especially if something negative was said. You and your partner should take turns expressing three things that you are grateful for. These can be simple gestures or significant events. The purpose of the activity is to acknowledge and appreciate each other's efforts in the relationship. You can opt to have a verbal conversation or leave notes for each other every day. By doing this, you can create a positive atmosphere in the morning and maintain a healthy relationship.

9. Always / Never

When couples engage in disagreements or arguments, it's common for them to sometimes resort to using language that's too extreme, such as "you never" or "you always." These sweeping generalizations not only heighten emotions but often are not entirely accurate and can cause significant distress or pain. They can also lead to defensive reactions, thus escalating the conflict instead of resolving it.

However, it's crucial to remember that communication in a relationship should be about understanding each other better, not causing harm. If you find yourself slipping into this type of language during heated moments, it can be helpful to implement a self-imposed consequence, such as taking on a household chore or task. For instance, every time you catch yourself using "never" or "always" in an argument, you could assign yourself the duty of taking out the trash or filling and emptying the dishwasher.

This method serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it acts as a deterrent, helping you to consciously avoid extreme language during disagreements. Secondly, it leads to a positive outcome, as the chores you undertake contribute to the shared responsibilities of your household.

Over time, this practice can help foster healthier communication habits. By focusing on specific issues or behaviors instead of resorting to absolute terms, discussions and disagreements can become more productive, respectful, and calm. The goal isn't to avoid arguments - which are natural in any relationship - but to ensure they're constructive and fair, ultimately strengthening the relationship rather than harming it.

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