Strengthening marriage: Raising the bar on date night

Date night is simply one of the best things couples can do for their marriage. It nourishes the relationship mentally, emotionally, socially and physically.

Couples generally do the best they can when it comes to having a date night, so I really hate to be too hard on them about it. But it may be time to step it up a notch. Consider these four rules for raising the bar on date night:

1. No cell phones or other electronic devices

Even if your phone is a major part of your job, surely it can wait for you and your spouse to have a few hours of uninterrupted couple time once a week. If you are always on your phone, just imagine what a powerful message it will be to your honey for you to "just say no" to your phone for a few hours.

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