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Four Games to Strengthen a Relationship

In a relationship, communication is a rhythm, it's a heartbeat, but finding new common ground with your loved one can be a challenge. Playing games together can be an enjoyable and effective way to improve the relationship. In this article, we'll remind you of games that encourage getting to know the other and building communication, as well as give you some tips to help create a safe field for playing together.

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When you play games just the two of you, it's as if you're going on a little journey together, creating new memories and exploring new facets of each other. There's no one else here, just you, which means you can turn this game into a real adventure. It fosters a deep sense of connection and intimacy, plus the game is a safe platform to discuss sensitive topics. Being in the playing field is like being in a parallel reality, which would work perfectly if you are striving for an open and honest conversation with your partner, but now you are having trouble communicating.

Games also provide an opportunity to improve listening and empathy skills and adjust rapport. When you listen carefully to each other and actively participate in the game, you become more able to understand and respond to each other's needs and emotions.

4 Games to Promote Communication

The games are chosen according to several principles:

  • It can be played by two people

  • the game has rules

  • but they are not complex)

1. "Two Truths and One Lie" - each player tells three things about himself, two true and one lie, and the other player has to determine where the untruth is. This game can be quite spicy, so we recommend that you start with some simple topics like food, travel, movies, and after that "warm up" move on to personal topics.

2. QQ Let's talk - players take turns asking each other questions, and the other player must answer as fully and sincerely as possible. This is a more controlled version of the game "Two truths and one lie. First, there is no goal to mislead, and second, fifty questions have already been thought up for you. The questions are designed to evoke a wide range of feelings, the topics are also completely different, but still, this streamlining of the chaos benefits the gameplay. You can read more here.

3. Ping-pong is a physically active game that helps develop teamwork, coordination and physical fitness. To play ping pong you do not need special clothes or shoes (but it is still better to choose something athletic), but only a table, rackets and balls. If you can find all this where you live, then try to play a win-win game, that is, so that no one loses. Let your goal be to keep the ball on the table as long as possible or to bounce it a certain way.

4. Making a map of your love story: this is a creative game in which lovers create a map of their relationship from when they met, through all the important milestones, to the present time. Use whatever materials you have or make it in electronic format. The especially brave can try to look into the future and make plans for the year and beyond.

Our little tips, or better yet, suggestions to make sure your game goes smoothly.

Set rules and boundaries.

When you play games with your partner, it's important to set clear rules and boundaries. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and the experience is enjoyable for everyone involved. You can say, for example, that yelling and swearing, even in the heat of the game of chance, is unacceptable to you. Or you can agree, "let yourself go wild, let's go wild!" The main thing is for everyone to be okay, safe, and comfortable playing by these rules.

Open and honest communication is crucial.

It means a willingness to listen and share your thoughts and feelings, and to listen and hear the other person. Your goal is not to win at all costs, there are no winners or losers here, because the goal of these games is to see how your couple behaves in different circumstances, how you respond to stress as a team, how willing you are to accept each other, open up to each other.

It's important to accept new experiences and perspectives, to be willing to try new games, to be open to new ideas and ways of thinking. Finally, it is very important to create an atmosphere of support and non-judgment. This means understanding and supporting each other, even in cases of disagreement. By interacting according to the rules of the game, you develop skills of spontaneity and improvisation, which is exactly what gives life a pleasant taste.


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