Add spark to your relationship by going on a double date

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. Filed under: Food & Dining Holidays Home & Garden Online Valentine's Day
Ditch the romantic dinner and go on a double date if you want to add spark to your relationship this Valentine's Day, suggest the findings of a new study. ©Monkey Business Images/shutterstock.com

Ditch the romantic dinner and go on a double date if you want to add spark to your relationship this Valentine’s Day, suggest the findings of a new study.
©Monkey Business Images/shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – If you want to reignite the passion in your relationship this Valentine’s Day, skip the intimate, candle-light dinner for two and go on a double date.

That’s the conclusion out of a new US study, which found that striking a friendship with another couple can help people view their partners and their relationship in a new light.

Though researchers from Wayne State University in Detroit had hypothesized that couples who spend time with other couples would add another level of excitement to relationships, they note that the impact was more significant or ‘robust’ than they originally thought.

For their study, researchers enlisted 150 couples who were paired up and asked to answer a set of questions categorized as either small talk or deeper, personal questions dubbed “high-disclosure Fast Friends” such as “What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?”

Couples tasked with the high-disclosure activity reported feeling higher levels of “passionate love” following their meeting, compared to those assigned to engage in small talk.

Furthermore, when couples were more responsive with their new friends — defined as validating the sharing of personal information in a caring and positive way — they felt more passionate about their own relationship, researchers noted.

To set the mood this Valentine’s Day, researchers suggest hosting a double-date dinner at home or a quiet restaurant, a setting conducive to speaking freely and sharing personal information.

The findings were presented at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in Austin this week.

Don’t have a couple BFF yet? Online social networking site Meetup.com may have a group for couples seeking other couples (just make sure it’s for the same interest) depending on your area.

Sites like DuoDater.com and Readytandem.com also allow singletons to bring a friend — or wingman, wingwoman — on group dates for moral support and reinforcements.

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