One of the biggest reasons for relationship issues is reduced understanding through lack of meaningful discussions, so playing communication games for couples is a great way to start rebuilding. Often women complain of not getting enough listening to their worries, while men will complain of being tired of listening to them. With such clashes, the ego is bound to create a wall, and eventually, both will choose to stay silent and drag the relationship down.
Indeed in the beginning of a relationship everything the other person says is interesting, and through listening, empathy, learning and sharing the connection grows stronger. As time goes on familiarity can settle in and interest is less. If one person shuts down the other will feel it. Tougher issues like budgeting and family challenges need trust and careful discussion, so if bad habits have crept in critical decisions may be compromised.
Effective communication for couples can mean the difference between a long lasting happy union with minimal stress and one that is tumultuous, toxic, and destined to end. So, to encourage a healthy discussion and communication in a relationship, we have compiled some of the most effective, communication games for couples. With these communication exercises, also with a hint of fun, you can slowly bridge the communication gap in your relationship. Start in fun easy ways and with more intent over time you’ll become the A Class example of a couple that communicates well, and you’ll be individually happier as well.
If the relationship has become so turbulent that simple games can’t be played, you might want to look at books like ‘Crucial Conversations’ and learn how to create a safe place for discussions. Pick the right time, make sure it can’t be misunderstood as a setup to get your own point across, and be prepared to bite your tongue and listen until the other person is finished talking and without judgement, so they can be heard. Once respect is regained, rebuilding can start and you can come back to games ideas like below to start easy.
Communication exercises for couples
This activity utilizes music and song for self-expression. Each partner chooses their three songs that they can relate to and then shares the lyrics with their partner. This activity is meant to prompt conversation about why songs are meaningful, the types of feelings that are evoked, and reasons why a particular song was selected.
This activity assists a couple in identifying and communicating future goals and desires with each other. Couples are encouraged to consider and discuss short-term and long-term goals in an effort to understand what each partner needs in order to be happy and satisfied within the relationship.
Mirror Mirror On the Wall.
This communication exercise helps couples to practice verbal communication and active listening skills. A partner is asked to tell a detailed story for five minutes, upon which their partner is asked to reflect back what they heard. The partner reflecting is tested on their ability to employ active listening strategies, to assess their level of understanding, and to determine accuracy in mirroring back what was said. Perhaps even tie in a reward like going to the movies, when you think you got to the point where as a couple you were quite proficient in the exercise.
Communication games for couples
Truth or Dare.
This game uses questions as facts and challenges. Be the first player to get rid of all Truth or Dare cards in your hand. Answer pop culture trivia questions correctly in order to force your opponent to tell the truth. If you answer the question incorrectly, you will be subjected to an outrageous dare. To win the game, you might have to lick another player’s arm, run around the block howling like a coyote, or stand on your head? Play Truth or Dare to find out how far you will go to win!
Never Have I Ever.
Questions here are designed to tease out information you might not normally share or have considered e.g “Never Have I Ever .. put gum under a table” and the respondent has to admit yes or no. Often it’s incorporated as a drinking game too. The questions adds a degree of challenge and discovery between the players, but it can also be a bit confronting so it must be played by open-minded and sometimes thick-skinned people.
How Game Are You? Couples Intimacy Edition.
This game does most of the thinking and planning for you, and offers a range of questions to get communication started. While it is fun, the key focus is on encouraging ‘Real Life Conversation’ questions. There is a mixture of trivia for ice-breakers, personal questions, relationship questions and physical intimacy topics that are all designed to get a couple talking, sharing and learning about each other. The game asks the questions so no one feels like they’re being grilled and questions range from very light to quite deep.
So there you have it! These are some of the best and most powerful exercises and communication games for couples. If it’s a couples game you are after, then go grab a copy of our How Game Are You?™ Intimacy Edition game to help take your conversations and fun to a whole new level. View full details here or Buy Now for quick delivery direct or through Amazon (US) and Amazon (AU).