Whether you’re going out for the first time or have been with your partner for years and years, there are things you should do on every date. If you want your relationship to stay strong, then there are a few factors that are helpful to keep in mind. As long as you remember these things you should do on every date, you're guaranteed to have a great time!
1. Tell Tales
You should both get a chance to tell stories. Tell him about your life, and let him talk about his. The spotlight shouldn’t be focused on only one of you. Give him time to listen to you and time to talk about himself. Dividing the time is one of the things you should do on every date.
2. Practice Politeness
If you’re going out to eat, be nice to your waiter. If you’re going out to the movies, be respectful to those around you. Most importantly, you should treat the person you're with with like royalty. The kindness will pay off.
3. Laugh Loudly
Even the most romantic of evenings should involve laughter. You don't have to stare into each other's eyes, and whisper sweet nothings into each other's ears all night. You should save some times for playful banter, and jokes. It's the only way to stay happy.
4. Cease Comparisons
You already know that you should never compare him to an ex, but you shouldn’t compare your current date with your partner to a past date with him either. Some dates are going to be better than others. You don’t have to rank the greatest moments of your relationship. Live in the moment, and enjoy his company. It'll take the pressure off both of you.
5. Tell the Truth
There are little lies that you’re always going to tell, but you should try to tell the truth. You don’t want to be rude by telling him you hate the restaurant he got reservations for, but if you pretend you love it, he’ll continue to bring you back. The truth can hurt, but honesty is essential for a healthy relationship. As long as you phrase it in a nice way, you won’t hurt his feelings too badly.
6. Figure out the Finances
You can’t expect him to pay for every meal. If he paid last week, then he might expect you to return the favor this week. However, he might be old fashioned and want to pay every bill for the rest of your days. Every guy is different, so you should discuss your financial issues whenever you go out.
7. Show Sentiment
If you like him, show it. You don't have to go overboard. Simply tell him how attractive he looks in his new shirt or kiss him passionately when no one else is looking. If you just started dating, he'll want assurance that you're actually interested in him. If you've been together for years, he'll want assurance that the romance hasn't gone stale. Either way, it's nice to remind him how much you care.
Whether you've been together for two days or two years, it's important to remember to do these things on every date. They'll help you stay connected, and will keep your relationship healthy. How often do you and your partner go on dates?