20 Things Happy Couples Do After Work
Nothing says “I love you” like cleaning out the dishwasher! (Seriously.)
Share a hobby
Anna and Joe Raway, of Lakeville, Maryland, restore old furniture and auction it together. Not only is it a great way to do something physical together—always a relief after a long day in an office—but they earn a little pocket money too. Not into furniture? Pick a different crafty hobby to try together. Some couples we spoke with also did house projects, painted, or even carved wine corks (it’s a thing!) together. Strengthen your relationship even more with these six little ways.
Take a nighttime walk
There’s just something about the dark that helps people open up and speak from the heart, say Steve and Sabrina Winder, of Denver, Colorado. Take advantage of this and head out for a walk together after dusk. You can share your deepest feelings or just enjoy the cool evening air.
‘Netflix and chill’
Literally. Netflix and a cuddle on the couch is Marci and Alex Petersen’s favorite way to unwind. “Well, it’s more like flop on the couch with a movie on until we’ve reached an acceptable bedtime or one of us falls asleep. Whichever comes first,” the Midvale, Utah, mom says. If you’re newlyweds, don’t miss this marriage advice that every couple should use in their own relationship.
Whip up some cocktails
“We head out for ‘walktails’ after work,” say South Carolinians and new parents Presley and Ryne Salmon. “That’s drinks and then a walk with the kids.” And while a little libation can go a long way in smoothing frayed nerves after a long day, your cocktail doesn’t have to be alcoholic. Just the process of mixing up a tasty beverage together can be fun.
Say a prayer
“We always make time to pray together after work,” say Bethany and David Kirk of Omak, Washington. Sharing your spirituality and faith can be a deeply bonding experience. Don’t miss these relationship resolutions every couple should make this year.
Dinner for two
Dinnertime as a family is non-negotiable for Lindsey and Joe Murray, of Navarre, Florida. “We eat dinner together no matter how busy we are!” she says.
Make big plans
“We like to cuddle up and watch HGTV [Home and Garden Television] together and talk about our future dreams and ideas,” say Janice and Paul Smith, of Milton, Ontario. If house projects aren’t your thing, try planning your dream vacation or throw around ideas for a business. Even if you never act on it, just dreaming about a beautiful future is half the fun.
Split the chores
Chores may not be the sexiest thing a couple can do together but there’s no way around it, they have to get done. And working together can make a boring task into an opportunity to talk and help each other out. “On a weeknight when we’ve both been at work, I’ll make dinner while my husband cleans the kitchen,” says Ann Hilton, of Vancouver, Washington. “Then we’re both relaxed and will watch a movie or something on TV together.” Here’s how to avoid the 10 issues every couple argues about no matter how happy they are.
Steam it up in the shower
Luella Widt and Shayne Crump, of Brisbane, Australia like to jump in a nice, hot shower together after getting home from their respective late-night gigs (they’re both musicians). “We use the time to chat about our day and afterward have a glass of wine or tea,” Luella says.
“We like to have a glass of scotch and discuss philosophy,” say Diana and Mark Raabe, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Talking about shared interests and passions is a great way to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Make sure you know the 11 relationship rules that are totally okay to break!