Is there a connection between couples having fun and experiencing romance? Not sure I would have made such a correlation until Ronda and I actually experienced it ourselves at a WinShape Marriage Retreat in Rome, Georgia. A series of couple challenges where both of us had to work together really gave us the FEELING of being connected in a positive way.
We found out later that it's part of the WinShape Marriage DNA - to CREATE environments and opportunities for couples to have fun together. Want to know more about this connection?
This past Saturday evening at our 14th Sweetheart event around Valentine's Day we included several specific couple challenges. One was engaging participants in a COUPLE ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE for no other reason than to get couples working together toward a common goal. Here are a handful of things they were asked to complete and then to drop their activity cards in a box for a drawing of 3 winning couples:
Another super fun challenge was the Minute to Win It - M&M's to your Partner using Straws. We showed the demo below of Ben and Christiann Williamson attempting this. Pretty clear goal: Transfer ALL of the M&M's in a small packet to your partner using straws while switching at 30 seconds.
"Ready. Set. Go!" An onscreen timer counted down 60 seconds with a prompt to switch at 30 seconds.
What fun to watch grown people engaging in silliness, but being close to each other! Many couples shared with us how much they appreciated this activity. Why is it so valuable? Why does it seem to increase a sense of romance?
Playing together stimulates new brain pathways (especially if it's a new activity) and "feel good" neurochemicals. You can be sure this will continue to be a major component in our events and couple retreats.
Here are several couples in the middle of the M&M Challenge.
Have fun, and watch the romance thermometer heat up!
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.