Relationships are the most interesting at the very beginning – getting to know each other, as well as explore one another’s interests, personalities and quirks is always fun. However, most people are limited in terms of novelties they can experiences together, especially nowadays due to the pandemic.
If your love life is starting to look a bit bland and repetitive, you shouldn’t worry too much – it happens to the vast majority of relationships. The main reason why that happens is that there’s a limit to creative things you can come up with to entertain and surprise your partner (and the other way around).
If you’ve been struggling to think of innovative ways to spice up your relationship, we have a few easy tips for you.
Hangman is easily one of the most entertaining word games for people who want to pass a couple of minutes while waiting for their friends, their food, or their exam results. There are almost no rules, which allows people to customize every game however they like.
Now, the Relationship Hangman is slightly different in the sense that it should revolve around your relationship. It could be the name of the place where you met your significant other, their favorite cocktail, the name of your pet, or even the name of the street where you first lived.
You can add more rules to the mix if you want. For example, the loser pays the bill, the winner doesn’t need to do chores for a few days, and such.
Word-for-Word Back & Forth
This is a very simple word game that basically tests the wits and reflexes of participants. It gets more challenging and more fun the higher the number of participants is, but it’s very entertaining even when played in two.
Essentially, the first player says a word, and then the second player needs to say a word that begins with its last letter. For example, if you say ‘Bread’, your partner should say ‘Daughter’.
You can make this game very intimate if you choose to stick with relationship-based terms exclusively. Fortunately, American and English languages have enough synonyms for this game to last for at least a couple of minutes, but even rapid-fire sessions can be fun.
Truth or dare
Arguably the most famous word game ever, truth or dare has brought thousands of couples together. Most people take this game very seriously, and that’s precisely the reason why it’s so efficient in improving the intimacy of almost any couple.
Now, this game is normally played in larger groups where people decide whether they want to take the ‘truth’ or the ‘dare’ as their challenge. The relationship version of truth or dare is slightly modified; you should write ‘T’ (truth) and ‘D’ (dare) on small scraps of paper, which should be put in a hat, a bowl, or anything similar. This way you’ll ensure that your partner doesn’t ‘cheat’ with truths exclusively.
Anything goes, and that’s another reason why you should try this game with your significant other. You’re almost certain to hear a thing or two you never knew about, and you’ll get to do certain things that you otherwise couldn’t. The sacred obligation of a ‘dare’ is something a lot of people are too proud to pass up on.
Cards Against Humanity
Even though CAH is essentially a party game, it can easily be adapted into a 2-player setting. It’s based on the fill-in-the-blanks principle, although unlike most similar games your choices are limited to the ones that are already written on the cards.
These statements usually end up sounding very random and obscene, which is precisely the reason why it’s so fun. Couples who are more drawn to black humor are certain to like it the most.
The point of CAH is for one player to draw a white ‘starter question’ card while the others fill the gaps with black ‘answer’ cards. The couples variant of this game basically shifts the role of the second player (black cards), who should draw a few and pick the answers that are most likely to make the other player laugh.
Cards Against Humanity is an excellent game for double and triple dates, but make sure to inform the other participants of its obscene nature.
In the pantomime game, one player needs to use body language to describe what’s on their mind while the other player takes guesses. A good way to ensure that the ‘mute’ player doesn’t cheat by changing their mind when the guess is correct is to write the challenges on paper.
Great topics to explore are movies, music, sports, and pretty much everything you both are into. Avoid topics and challenges that are likely to cause arguments, such as names of exes for example.
Do quizzes together
There are thousands of couple quizzes that can tell you a lot about your partner (and yourself), and they can be quite fun too. Some of them are made by professional psychologists, others by people who’ve struggled with the same relationship issues as you do; the punchline is that taking them with your significant other will help guide you to answer a few questions you may not even know you wanted to ask.
The great thing about quizzes is that they typically take you both on a journey; where it all started, how did you meet, and such are some of the most common questions in most quizzes. Even though nostalgia won’t always work in your favor, the chances are that it will when you’re taking a trip down that memory lane with your loved one hand in hand.
Other quizzes will put you in imaginary scenarios, simulating a series of events that could potentially happen, which can be a great source of ideas for upcoming anniversaries, monthly relationship celebrations, birthdays, and such.
Overall, quizzes can be quite entertaining, and they’re not as ‘dangerous’ as say Cards Against Humanity, an out-of-place challenge in Truth or Dare, or as risky as double dates with couples you may not be too fond of.
We hope that this guide was useful to you and that you have learned something new today on how to spice up your love life using word games. Make sure you are staying safe in these times we are all going through and have a good one, guys!