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Go to These 10 Couple Classes if You Want a Sweet and Fun Relationship

Go to These 10 Couple Classes if You Want a Sweet and Fun Relationship

A person can only do the exact same thing so many times before they get bored, so it’s in your best interest to do new things with your partner. Grab your partner’s hand and go to these ten artsy, helpful, and sexy couple classes you can take together for a sweet and fun relationship.

1. Relieve Stress in Massage Class

Join your partner for a sensual, stress-relieving experience that will calm your nerves and put you at ease. Make sure you pay attention to the pleasure points that cause the most satisfaction so you can please your partner after those busy, stressful days at the office. You just might put them in the mood for some frisky fun after you work out all of their kinks.

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2. Express Yourself in Acting Class

Honest, open communication is a priority for any couple that desires long-lasting relationship success. Performing scenes and monologues in front of others will improve your ability to communicate, remove barriers that prevent authentic dialogue, and make you feel more comfortable with being vulnerable with you partner.

3. Mix a Cocktail in Mixology Class

Alcohol is tons of fun (as long as you don’t get carried away with it), but you can’t deny that going to the bar isn’t the most affordable thing in the world. You will discover tasty drink recipes that will make your partner’s taste-buds scream with delight. In addition, you’ll be able to impress your friends with professional-quality cocktails that leave them begging for more.

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4. Make Tasty Treats in Cooking Class

If you’re a grown adult, there is no excuse for not having a grasp on how to cook meals at home. Also, if only one half of the relationship is responsible for all meal preparation due to the other half not having a clue what to do in the kitchen, you’ll now be able to split this chore as equals for a more fair relationship. You will become able to woo your partner by surprising them with breakfast in bed or an elaborate romantic dinner after work. (Don’t forget to take the kids to a sitter so you can enjoy a precious moment with just the two of you!)

5. Shake Your Money-Maker in Dance Class

Fellas: I know some of you don’t like to dance, but the odds are likely that you wife or girlfriend loves it. Even if you feel silly, think about how much fun she would have in a swing, tango, or ballroom dancing class. You’ll also get some much-needed exercise that will help you lose weight and be more confident in your body.

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6. Pursue Fitness in a Group Exercise Class

It can be hard to find the motivation to exercise alone, so check out the group exercise class schedules at your area gyms. Many gyms, such as the YMCA and Anytime Fitness, offer a wide variety of exercise classes that are suitable for a range of experience levels and personal preferences. Some common offerings include boot camp, yoga, kickboxing, water aerobics, and group power (a resistance training class with movements synchronized to empowering music). Find something suitable for your goals that you can both agree on, and get moving!

7. Create Something Meaningful in Art Class

Whether you want to make a painting, compile a scrapbook, or sew a quilt is entirely up to you. You’ll be able to combine your talents to create something meaningful as a team, a bonding experience that no happy couple could argue with. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to create meaningful homemade gifts that impress your friends and save you money during birthdays and holidays.

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8. Prepare for an Overseas Trip in Language Class

Traveling to new, exciting, exotic countries is an amazing experience, but it can be a bit stressful if you don’t have a grasp on the native language. Plan an overseas trip with at least a year to spare and take a language class so you’ll both be able to talk to the locals without depending on a language book for the entire trip.

9. Improve Your Pad in a Home Improvement Class

If you’d like to do some home remodeling, check out stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s in your area and ask if they offer any classes on the projects you would like to pursue.

10. Make Your Partner Say, “Mmm,” in Kama Sutra Class

Who wouldn’t like to have a more explosive and pleasurable sex life with their partner? Talking about sex might be considered taboo in some cultures, but it shouldn’t be. There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve intimacy with a person you love and care about very much. Going to a Kama Sutra class will teach you new ways to explore your partner’s body that you never thought of before, and will help you become more comfortable with communicating your desires in bed.

If you’ve ever taken couple classes with your partner, please tell us all about it in the comments.

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Daniel Wallen

Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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