Norway Fights High Divorce Rate with Date Night Advice

Posted on Nov 26, 2013

Inspiration from a Hollywood movie has led to a new recommendation from Norway’s minister for children, equality and social inclusion: strengthen your marriage by establishing a regular date night with your spouse.

The new minister, Solveig Horne, offered the recommendation after seeing the recent American movie Date Night, in which comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell find themselves on an adventure after spending a night on the town and away from their children. Horne, who is herself divorced, stated that although the movie was a comedy, the central idea made sense. Getting away for a night gives couples the chance to reconnect and rekindle romance.

Currently, Norway has a relatively high divorce rate of 40 percent, a trend that officials are attempting to combat on a national level.

The concept of date nights preventing divorce has been studied and found valid. Last year, the National Marriage Project found that couples who still went out on dates reported being 3.5 times happier than couples that didn’t carve out alone time. Another study, conducted by social psychologist Arthur Aron, found that weekly date nights actually change the chemistry of the brain–flooding participants with dopamine and norepinephrine. Going on a date with your spouse may actually make you feel like you are falling in love all over again.

Of course, date nights can’t save all relationships and marriages can’t weather all issues with a simple dinner and a movie. If you need the assistance of a knowledgeable Bellevue divorce attorney, we can help. Call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today to learn more about our legal services at 425-460-0550.

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