Tag: Intimate Relations

Revving Up Intimacy in Your Relationship


One of the definitions of intimacy is a close familiarity or friendship, closeness. Intimacy is not simply about sex, although that can certainly help. But sex alone does not always lead to intimacy. There are several small but powerful things you can do to increase closeness between you and your partner.

Be communicative, talk to each other on a regular basis. Have conversations without agendas attached to them. Listen to your partner simply for listening sake. Practice opening up to each other without judgement or trying to solve a problem. When neither of you are trying to persuade or convince the other, it is easier to listen and communicate. These kinds of conversations do wonders for the relationship, it teaches you to enjoy talking simply for conversation’s sake. It builds on the friendship aspect of your relationship as well. Talk about whatever it is you feel like, a childhood memory, an idea you have for a movie, a book you just read and loved. Enjoy conversating with each other as if you were still getting to know each other.

Rather than planning grandiose get-a-ways, fold intimacy into the fabric of your day to day lives. For example, one day a week you dedicate spending time together at your favorite restaurant or cocktail bar. No friends, no family, and no kids, just the two of you. Or on Sunday afternoons you take a hike together, or ride bikes. The point is to do something enjoyable that gives you both time to let go and have fun together. Sure weekend get-a-ways and vacations are wonderful and build a temporary intimacy, but once they are over, it can leave you feeling empty emotionally. By doing little things more often you sustain the intimacy and build on it.

Laugh as often as you can, taking yourselves too seriously sabotages intimacy. Humor not only helps both of your moods, it also helps thwart off arguments. Laughter is healthy and a positive way to create intimacy because it makes both of you feel good! It diffuses differences and has a positive effect on your mind and body. Watch a comedy together, share funny incidentals that happened throughout your day. Research has shown that Couples who laugh together build stronger bonds and cope better with stresses and conflicts in their relationship.

Celebrate your history together, the good and bad memories that helped shape your relationship. Take time to appreciate all that you have been through and to remember those wonderful memories that warm your heart. Memories can be a hilarious source of humor, recalling those funny moments when you didn’t know each other well.

Get physical, not just in bed but in other nonsexual ways. When you’re sitting on the couch together watching a movie, snuggle in. Hold hands while you’re strolling the boulevard or walking the beach. Touch is a powerful tool for intimacy, make it part of your relationship. Take a couples yoga class, give each other massages.

And then of course there is sex! Pleasing your partner builds intimacy. Maybe try having a sex session in the middle of the day, be playful and let yourselves enjoy each other’s bodies. As I said earlier, sex alone is not the end all be all to intimacy, especially if the only time you feel close is in bed. Examine all the other wonderful ways you can explore and enjoy each other while you create that sweet closeness that is irreplaceable.

Growing Intimate Relationships


As we enter into and exist in our adult lives, we begin to prepare for many things— establishing a satisfying career for ourselves, living on our own, purchasing property or our own car.  We put much time into the preparations of these occasions but rarely put thought into what it means to be married.

You plan a wedding; it unfolds, and then, is inevitably over— if you’re lucky, it’s on to the honeymoon, and you are still in the honeymoon phase. Then you come back, to your house, your car—to the bills you pay for both—and you come to ask have I prepared for the new future that’s right in front of me?

We had planned the wedding, but what comes next blindsides us—marriage. The real, everyday commitment that we’ve made is here. 

The questions below will help you establish, as a couple, a strong, lasting spiritual and emotional bond.

Explore and share these important steps with your partner before and after your wedding; as preparation and continued education are vital to your long-term marital success. Married for a long time? Now is the perfect time to recommit to a happy, healthy relationship.

  • Understand your own values. Explore each other’s values such as truthfulness, trustworthiness and integrity 
  • Be responsible for your words and actions. Communicate clearly and often with each other.
  • Develop a caring friendship with your partner. Learn each other’s likes and dislikes, such as foods, entertainment, recreation etc. Know that it is okay that not every interest includes both partners.
  • Ask yourself if you have the ability to be a compatible and harmonious couple. Can you laugh at yourself and each other’s idiosyncrasies?
  • Consider if you both have the same values around family. Communicate your expectations.  Do you want to build connections with each other’s family? Do you want to have children together? Discuss this in advance.
  • Explore and discuss how you will manage money. Many couples do not discuss this and later have challenges around how to spend, how to save, etc. If you work this out in advance you will be friends. Money is the #1 reason for arguments in a marriage.
  • What are you sex role expectations? Become clear about them and communicate them to your partner.

 The better you learn to communicate, the more likely you will feel heard and understood in your relationship.  You’ll find peace in knowing that you share similar values and goals, and experience happiness within yourselves and the relationship.