There are many reasons why two people in a relationship may struggle to really connect or see things from the same lens. Some people have different personalities, or have experienced different traumas, or have different ways of seeing the world. It doesn’t matter if you have the same values, agree on most things, or have the same likes/dislikes. You are two different people.
Couples on Long Island are thus tasked with trying to find ways to connect in a deeper and more fulfilling way. One way to do that is through exposure to shared experiences – trying new things and going to new places in order to develop a greater understanding of both the world and each other.
What is the Benefit of New Experiences?
Trying new things in a relationship is not *just* a way to spice things up. Although that can be a benefit. If your relationship feels like it’s growing stale, or that you’re falling into the same routine, then there could be value in trying to give each other new experiences so that it feels like things are new and fresh.
That is a benefit, but it is not the only one. Exposure to new experiences can provide several additional relationship advantages, including:
- Closing the Gap Between Partners – Sometimes, when there is a gap in worldview or communication within the relationship, it can be due to a lack of exposure. Sometimes, new experiences give your partner more of a chance to understand your worldview without you becoming frustrated or giving up. You never know how people will respond when encountering new experiences and new ways to go through life.
- Creating New Memories – When you’re stuck in a routine, time tends to blend together. That means that you’re not giving more space to your partner in your mind. New activities create new memories, which in turn builds new connections that help you feel like you and your partner are living this life together.
- Learning More, Deeper – Similarly, when you have new experiences with your partner, you start to understand them at a deeper level by seeing them in these different environments. Even something simple like trying a new coffee shop helps give you more insight into what they like, what they experience, and who they are at their core.
These are all not possible when you engage in the same behaviors and same routines all the time. There is nothing inherently wrong with routines – after all, they represent comfort, which many of us need more of in our lives – but if your goal in your relationship is to grow it stronger and find more ways to connect emotionally, new experiences are a great way for you and your partner to connect on a deeper level and close the gaps that may occur between you.
If you’d like to learn more about couples counseling in New York, contact Long Island Psychology, today.