Missing that honeymoon feeling?
We’ve got a simple way to build it back! Rituals of connection are small, positive habits you commit to and maintain as a couple. They provide you with predictability, consistency, and connection in your relationship. Over time, these habits build feelings of security, romance, fun, and emotional attunement.
Rituals don’t have to be big, hard, time-consuming, or costly - small rituals of connection, like going for a walk together a few times a week or sharing a 6-second kiss daily, have huge relationship payoffs.
While rituals of connection can cover many categories, there are three types that are most important for making your relationship simply great:
- Friendship-Based Rituals
- Emotionally-Focused Rituals
- Intimacy and Pleasure Enhancing Rituals
When things are going well, rituals of connection are easy to maintain.
When we become too busy, stressed or overwhelmed, it’s often our rituals that suffer. More urgent tasks take priority and, before you know it, you’re back to feeling disconnected. You may notice your relationship starts to feel “different.” Feelings of distance, frustration, or having unmet needs start to creep up. We lose the sense of consistency and security these rituals provide and our relationship suffers.
Rituals of connection are so small, easy, and actionable that once you realize they’ve fallen to the wayside it’s easy to get back on track.
In this week’s episode, we’re talking about these simple, daily rituals you can implement today to create more closeness and positivity in your relationship.
To make things even easier for you, we’ve created a list of our favorite rituals of connection, as well as questions to help you integrate them into your relationship - now. Be sure to download your free bonus - The Rituals of Connection Master List!
Short on time? Here's a list of today's topics and when to listen:
- What are rituals of connection 0:27
- Marina + Meredith's rituals of connection 0:57
- Honeymoon phase 2:37
- What happens when rituals break down 3:06
- Why rituals of connection are so powerful 4:53
- Emotional bank account 6:29
- What happens when you lose your rituals 8:05
- Giving your partner the benefit of the doubt 8:33
- Rewriting history 10:32
- Why do rituals fall off 13:12
- Three types of rituals of connection 16:34
- Friendship-based rituals 18:04
- Emotionally-focused rituals 18:41
- Pleasure-based rituals 19:36
- Reinstating rituals of connection 22:07
- How to get rituals started again 25:31
- Meredith + Marina's takeaways 29:48