My husband and I have wonko schedules, so we often don't eat dinner together. We often don't even get to spend some weekends together. What do we do together? Watch binge watch TV shows. I know, it's a little head-scratchy, but it is something that we a) both like to do, b) something we can do when we are both a little rundown from the day, and c) doesn't need a babysitter or cost much money (we're watching our budget...like everyone else, eh?).
The funny thing? I just read about a study that says watching certain movies as a couple can actually work as couples therapy. I know, so interesting, right? Basically, the premise is, by viewing together and talking about the problems the couple onscreen faces and how they work through it (or don't), couples can work on issues or troubles they may be having. The study said that couples that watched "chick flicks" or other movies that are relationship-based and also talked about them after had a better chance of being together after three years.
The key to it, I guess, is to be sure to watch together and discuss it after. No just watching and going to bed. It's a little like movie therapy homework. So, you can't head to Netflix and cue up The Avengers or E.T. It has to be a relationship-centric film. What movies do the experts recommend? Well, there's a whole list here, including Sweet Home Alabama, Yours Mine and Ours, Date Night, Her, This is 40, Four Christmases, She's Having a Baby, Desk Set, and more.
I'm curious if this goes for TV shows as well? My husband and I watch Parenthood together, which is relationship-based and do find ourselves chatting about what's happening with the couples on screen. We also watch Game of Thrones and The Following...thinking those may not be what the doctors are talking about.
What do you and your significant other do together? Have you ever gone to couples therapy?