Episode #143 Date Your Spouse

Why do we so often allow the temporary to dictate our relationship with the permanent? This week, newlywed Russell Catania and thirty-years-wed Dr. Michael Brown offer their tips for developing and maintaining intimacy.

Show Notes

I just don’t like anything more than hanging out with my wife.
Dr. Russell Catania

Three Problems

  • When it comes to marriage, coasting is always backwards.
  • Stretching ourselves too thin is an act of pride that harms our most important relationships.
  • It often feels safer, easier, and less vulnerable to invest our energy in work than to cultivate intimacy with another human being.

Seven Principles

  • Marriage requires ongoing investment and continued commitment, not merely initial effort.
  • We will never outgrow the need for fun activities, meaningful conversations, and intentionally intimate connection.
  • The health of a marriage is defined by the accumulation of each partner’s choices.
  • Relational routines breed consistency, and structure often precedes spontaneity.
  • Sometimes the healthiest step we can take in our marriage is to change our career or reduce our working hours.
  • If we feed and nurture the fire of our relationships, it will continue to burn brighter and stronger rather than fizzling out.
  • We are just a few great dates away from developing deeper connection and reclaiming the passions of yesterday.

Three Practices

  • When your marriage begins to feel stale or otherwise difficult, return to the activities you most enjoyed when the relationship first began.
  • Go on a date every two weeks, schedule a weekend getaway every two months, and spend an entire week together every two years.
  • Evaluate your priorities by asking yourself, “What am I willing to sacrifice in order to deepen my relationship with my spouse?”