Starting a relationship should be fun. Fun is good for the mind and body. And fun is good for love — for a legitimate scientific reason.
Any kind of novel game is likely to drive up dopamine in the brain — the natural stimulant that can make you more susceptible to romance.
Games that have a bigger purpose. Sure, games are fun. But the games we're talking about have another purpose: As you play, you can learn important things about your gaming partner — as well as express core aspects of yourself.
At the beginning of a relationship, you know almost nothing about him or her. So you tend to overweigh the few morsels of information you receive.
As a result, the “getting to know you process” is full of “breaking points” — moments that can take on heavy (and unrealistic) meanings and can send you flying out the door–alone.
Knowing that having fun can stimulate the brain in ways that open you up for romance, why not lighten up those first interactions with some icebreakers and a gaming spirit?
Psychologists report that the more you interact with someone, the more you tend to regard this individual as interesting, smart, good looking and similar to yourself.
Moreover, if you can play well together now, you might still play well together 20 years from now–and lead a happier, healthier, longer life.
Playing games — like bowling or darts or trivia — you will pick up some interesting facts, ideas and points of view — as well as meet new people in a new way.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate an early relationship and find out if there's chemistry using games: Be playful, be funny, be educated, be considerate, brag a little, do unexpected things, be true to yourself, and choose your words smartly.