Supporting Your Partner’s Interests

Having your own personal hobbies and interests is an important part of a relationship, but it doesn’t mean they should be kept completely separate from your partner. Perhaps you have an interest that your partner just doesn’t understand or you have been too nervous to try something they love. This exercise will get you out of your comfort zone and help you both learn a little more about each other and yourselves.

 

Steps:

  1. Each write down three interests or hobbies you would like your partner to participate in.
  2. Trade papers and pick one of your partner’s interests to join in with them.
  3. After you have done the activity together discuss how you both felt. Did you enjoyed it? Would you like to do it again?

Tips:

  • The activities you choose should be something that is important to you and that you would like to experience with your partner.
  • Try and make you choices something your partner has never done with you before.
  • This challenge should open up a discussion about why you do or don’t do certain things together, do not get defensive or negative. It’s ok to not like a certain interest!
  • If there is an activity that you are against doing completely, be honest about it. We want both of you to be open to new experiences but to also feel comfortable with your choices.
  • This does not mean your partner has to join you every time now. It is just a way to bring you closer to understanding each other.
Chris
I picked doing a puzzle together. Katie constantly bugs me to do a puzzle with her, so I finally decided to give it a good try. It’s not that I don’t like puzzles, but I just don’t find them very interesting. We went to the toy store, picked a 1000 piece puzzle where you have to build some prehistoric setting, picked up a bottle of wine, and went at it. It took us a good couple of hours to complete it, and admittedly it was more Katie directing my futile attempts, but I had fun! It’s still not something I would do on a regular basis, but I’ll be more open to it in the future. It’s a great way to down a bottle of wine too!

Remember to have fun and keep an open mind. You might just learn something new about yourself! Tweet us the interests you shared with your partner @LoveTripping!

Authored by: Katie & Chris

Chris and Katie are the LoveTripper’s. They have been together for over 9 years, and got married in April 2014. They believe that the key to a healthy long-lasting relationship is constant work and effort. The Love Tripper’s share their advice on how to keep that sexy fire burning, avoiding pointless arguments, and finding a deeper love for your partner every day. Love is a trip, enjoy the ride!

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