9 Things The Happiest Couples Do On The Weekend

These simple habits can make you feel connected to your partner all week long.
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Monday through Friday can feel frantic and jampacked with work deadlines, appointments and other obligations that leave little time for couples to recharge their batteries

That’s why weekends are a much-needed time for couples to slow down, connect and just enjoy each other’s company, while also taking care of their individual needs and preparing for the week ahead.

We asked relationship experts how the happiest couples spend their weekends. Here’s what they told us. 

1. They strike a balance between “me” time and “we” time.

“With all the busyness of daily life, many of us can end up feeling more like roommates than sweethearts. Weekends are prime time to reconnect as a couple. Maybe your thing is to cook dinner together or curl up in front of the TV or head out to a movie. But what about the Saturday morning Spin class you like? Or the mystery novel you’re dying to finish? What about breakfast out with the best friend you haven’t seen in a month? The happiest couples are able to feel connected without needing to being joined at the hip. They know the importance of both ‘me’ time and ‘we’ time and make sure to support plenty of both.” ― Winifred M. Reilly, marriage and family therapist and author of It Takes One to Tango 

2. They plan something fun to look forward to. 

“Many couples are so overwhelmed by their week that the weekend rolls around and they don’t have any fun plans. The workweek can be way less of a slog if couples do a bit of advanced planning and have something fun to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate weekend getaway, even just booking a cooking class or dinner date can make all the difference. The happiest couples also realize that not everyone is a planner. If one person is better at planning, let them do that and the other person can offer something else that is their strong suit!” ― Celeste Hirschman and Danielle Harelsex experts and co-authors of Making Love Real: The Intelligent Couple’s Guide to Lasting Intimacy and Passion

3. They have sex, make out and cuddle. 

“I find that often during the week, couples in my practice have a difficult time creating space for intimacy because they have to wake up and go to work, and at the end of the day they’re exhausted and just want to veg out and watch Netflix in their PJs and bunny slippers. Making time for the physical connection in one’s relationship, which often gets neglected, is necessary for healthy relationships to thrive. The weekends are a perfect time for prolonged pillow talk to foster this.” ― Kari Carroll, couples therapist

4. They work together to prepare for the week ahead. 

“It’s rare to find people who love laundry, bills and grocery shopping, and these mundane tasks often fall to the weekend. Through good communication and a fair division of labor, these chores can be tolerable or even enjoyable. Healthy couples accept these realities of life, work together to minimize the strain, and maximize their relaxation and entertainment time.” ― Ryan Howes, clinical psychologist 

5. They draw clear boundaries between work life and home life. 

“With many of us working more and more hours each week, a healthy balance between work and life can be hard to achieve. There we are, answering emails at night in bed, carving out time in the evening and weekends to just keep afloat. Hard as it may seem, drawing firm lines around work time and preserving quality time as a couple sends a loud and clear message that your relationship is a priority.” ― Winifred Reilly

6. They get outside and explore. 

“The couples who get out of the house and experience the world together beyond their favorite brunch spots maintain a sense of discovery that breaks the monotony of domestic routine. Whether it be a walk in a park or an undiscovered neighborhood, a trip to a nearby town or a swim in a lake, heightening the senses and creating new memories doesn’t have to be limited to international travel. Experiencing your partner in a new atmosphere can create a lingering energy to your relationship and strengthen your bond.” ― Kari Carroll 

7. They go out of their way to make sure their partner’s needs are met. 

“A happy couple knows the needs and wants of their partner and makes room for that, even if that means alone time. If one partner typically wants to sleep in, hit the gym, get a pedicure or balance the books on the weekend, their partner is aware of this and does what they can to facilitate this. They’ll tend to the kids, vacate the home to give their partner some time, schedule their activities around the other’s events and prioritize the importance of those needs. Healthy couples know what makes their partner feel their best and help them achieve it, even if it’s a sacrifice.” ― Ryan Howes

8. They take a few minutes to reflect on the past week.

“I recommend that couples use the weekend to reflect on the previous week and anticipate the week ahead. I generally imagine them having this conversation on a Sunday night. It might only take 20 to 30 minutes, but each partner should ask and answer these four questions: 1) What did we get right last week?; 2) What good thing can I thank/praise/acknowledge you for from last week?; 3) Is there anything we need to revisit or repair from last week?; 4) What’s coming up this week and how can I support you? Couples who ask and answer these questions on a regular basis will experience a deeper sense of connection.” ― Zach Brittle, therapist and co-host of the “Marriage Therapy Radio” podcast 

9. They dream about the future together.

“Great relationships include fostering a deeper meaning beyond just the daily grind. Using the imagination to get out of work and parenting mode and explore fantasies about the future will help to reverse the slow death that daily monotony can bring to any relationship. Dreaming about spending retirement writing poetry in the mountains of Japan or teaching children to farm in Kentucky can keep you going and bring purpose to your lives together. ” ― Kari Carroll

Before You Go

Grandparents' Best Marriage Advice
1. Keep up the PDA (01 of 15)
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"I've never seen a photo of my grandparents where they weren't embracing -- whether it was when they were dating, had five kids under age 8, or just before my grandfather died of cancer. I couldn't wait to grow up and have what they had with someone. They were a real life fairy tale." - Cari Watts-Savage (credit: Courtesy of Cari Watts-Savage )
2. You don't have to agree on everything(02 of 15)
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"My grandparents were married for 65 years until my grandma passed away last summer. Opposite religions, opposite politics and they still made it work. I have a lot to live up to!" - Clare Dych (credit: Courtesy of Clare Dych)
3. Age ain't nothin' but a number (03 of 15)
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"I asked my grandma why she married my grandpa who she only dated for one year when she was 18 and he was 31. She answered me, 'Why not? He was hot back then!' My grandparents weren't the lovey-dovey type and actually distant, I think, due to the 13-year age gap. But they didn't bail, they're faithful, they kept each other for better or worse, in sickness and health, through thick and thin." - Tze Tonn Ng (credit: Courtesy of Tze Tonn Ng)
4. You can do anything if you do it together(04 of 15)
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"After 40 years of smoking five packs of cigarettes a day together, they decided to quit with no outside help. And they did. Together." - Michelle Brown (credit: Michelle Brown)
5. Marriage is not something to be taken lightly (05 of 15)
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"When I got married, my grandmother and grandfather had been married some 68 years. My grandmother gave me her blessings and told me that if I got married, I had to stay married and it was a lifetime commitment." - Leslie Johnson (credit: Terry & Leslie Johnson)
6. Be with someone who makes you laugh(06 of 15)
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"My grandparents were always teasing each other. We all got such a kick out of it growing up, hanging out in their kitchen and listening to them when we were over there for dinner. But it also showed us how important it is to be with someone that you'll have fun with, no matter what life may throw at you." - Kristen Girone (credit: Courtesy of Kristen Girone)
7. Never stop flirting with each other(07 of 15)
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"Pinch butts." - Sarah Hosseini (credit: Courtesy of Sarah Hosseini)
8. Your roles may shift in ways you never imagined (08 of 15)
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"My grandparents very much conformed to regular gender roles my entire childhood, but when my grandmom got sick, it was amazing to see my granddad taking care of her and cooking and cleaning. They really proved to me that true love lasts a lifetime and that marriage can last 'until death do you part.'" - Carrie Burke (credit: Courtesy of Carrie Burke)
9. Always kiss hello and goodbye(09 of 15)
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"My maternal grandparents always kiss and say 'I love you' before they leave and it's the first thing they do when they come together again -- whether it's a run to the grocery store or a full day's work." - J. Williams (credit: Courtesy of J. Williams )
10. You never know who you'll fall in love with (10 of 15)
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"I learned that love is unexpected, and anyone can fall in love, even if the relationship is shunned by society. Their love was somewhat reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet in the sense that they were both on different sides of society, but fell in love and had to keep their relationship secret at first." - Carter Garcia-Kimura (credit: Courtesy of Carter Garcia-Kimura )
11. Find joy in the little things (11 of 15)
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"They found joy in sharing the details of daily living. Always smiling, even when doing the weekly budget or grandma peeling a banana for grandpa because she knew he didn't like the feel of it." - Kristen Van Orden (credit: Courtesy of Kristen Van Orden)
12. Not every day is going to be a picnic and that's OK(12 of 15)
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"You don't have to like each other every day." - Nicole Snyder (credit: Courtesy of Nicole Snyder)
13. It takes two people to make a marriage work(13 of 15)
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"They divorced after three kids and nearly 40 years of marriage, but my grandmother has always told me: A relationship will never work unless [both people] want it to." - Mina Barnett (credit: Mina Barnett)
14. Sometimes your first love isn't your forever love(14 of 15)
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"You might not get things right the first time, but you can't give up because it could be the second time that you find true happiness. My grandparents have been together for 25 years and although my grandpa is not my biological one, he is the best thing to happen to our family and I could not love him more." - Natasha Baker-Streit (credit: Gabriel Harber Photography)
15. Never stop doing the things you love together (15 of 15)
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"They share a sense of humor and make it a priority to do things they enjoy together, even though that has become harder for them with age." - Theresa Kelliher (credit: Courtesy of Theresa Kelliher)
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