The 15 Best Ways To Spend Free Time With Your Partner If You Want To Strengthen Your Bond

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Deciding how you'd like to spend your free time with your partner, including when you'll go on dates, where you'll have dinner, and what movies you plan to watch after a long day of work, can be one of the best parts of a relationship. These moments are so nice, and can be fun to look forward to. But in many ways, they're also the glue that holds you together.

In fact, how you spend your downtime as a couple can be so important, you may even want to go out of your way to ensure it's quality. "[This] time should be spent meaningfully and mindfully so your relationship bonds can grow stronger," Jonathan Bennett, relationship and dating expert at Double Trust Dating, tells Bustle.

And this is especially true if you've been together for a while. "In the early part of a relationship you are so tightly bonded that everything you do feels like an intimate connection," Joshua Klapow, PhD, clinical psychologist and host of The Kurre and Klapow Show, tells Bustle. Over time, though, you may need to try new things in order to reconnect. And that's OK.

You may even want to spend time apart on occasion to focus on your own likes and interests, Dr. Klapow says, since doing so can also help strengthen your connection. It's really all about striking a balance, and making each other a top priority. With that in mind, read on for some great ways to bond in your free time, according to experts.