6 Educational Pursuits To Reconnect You With Your Spouse


Many classes provide the perfect venue to mix fun and education, while helping you reconnect.

We've all heard the adage "a couple who plays together stays together." But what exactly constitutes "play?" Are spouses supposed to spend hours engaged in tickle fights, Wii jousting matches, and quick-paced rounds of UNO? Perhaps. There is, however, a way to make play productive--combining "having fun" with expanding your minds and acquiring new skill sets. How? Take a class.

Yes, there are a multitude of classes that provide the perfect venue to mix enjoyment and education, while helping you reconnect as a pair. Simply find something that appeals to both of you and go for it. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Hit the Dance Floor

Whether your style is trendy hip hop, hot and steamy Latin, or a classic waltz, dancing is a great way to have fun while mastering a new skill. Plus, dancing's requisite eye contact and physical closeness can do wonders for fanning the romantic flame. And don't worry if you possess two left feet. That's what beginner's classes are for.

2. Concoct some Drinks

If you love making cocktails--or drinking them--a mixology class may be the perfect choice. Leave the car keys at home, relax and unwind, and let your creativity shine as you work together to master your drink mixing skills. Perhaps, you can even design your own customized couples cocktail. And, who knows? You may even be tempted to turn your hobby into a career.

3. Take some Pix

A photography class is a great option for acquiring some useful skills while getting reconnected with your significant other. Whether you choose to study taking snaps of nature, still life, or the fine art of the sexy boudoir, working together to find that perfect shot will bring you closer. And taking pictures of your spouse may just remind you of the many reasons you fell in love.

4. Discover the Joy of Cooking

Explore the world's many diverse cultures without having to leave your hometown by taking a cooking course together. Whether you choose French, Greek, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Thai or any other regional cuisine, culinary classes will provide you with the opportunity to work together as a team and hone your epicurean abilities. And you'll get to take some of your creations home too.

5. Give a Rub or Two

Nothing will spice up your love life better than mastering the fine art of massage. While general massage therapy classes are great, you may wish to opt for one dedicated specifically to couples' massage. You will not only learn the best techniques for healing one another's aches and pains, but the hands-on nature of these classes can do wonders for re-igniting the fire.

6. Unleash Your Inner Artiste

Who could forget the romantic pottery scene from the movie Ghost? Well, set your iPod to "Unchained Melody" and sign up for a sculpting or pottery course near you. Perhaps, you've always wanted to paint a portrait--maybe even a nude--of your significant other, but lack the skills. Join a painting or drawing class. And don't fret if you've never graduated from stick people. Art lessons come in a variety of levels--including beginner.

Yes, conquering a new skill as a united force is a perfect way to mix learning and pleasure and keep those home fires burning. And you'll still have time for a healthy dose of tickle fights.

What course have you taken with your significant other? How would you rate the experience?