The importance of Rituals of Connection

Relationships aren’t just about date nights, weekend getaways, and intimacy. While these moments are enjoyable, a healthy and strong relationship is built on trust and commitment. It’s about creating a shared life, enriched by meaningful rituals and shared values that deepen your connection. One way to achieve this is through rituals.

It’s through these shared experiences that you develop a deep friendship, trust, commitment, and connection that form the foundation of your relationship.

As therapists, we try to practise what we preach. From managing burnout and self-care to maintaining general wellbeing and the quality of our relationships, our overall health is impacted by the quality of our connections.

In couples therapy, we often talk about strengthening relationships by discussing the importance of rituals of connection. These rituals can be simple but meaningful activities that bring couples closer and enhance their bond. They can range from daily activities like having coffee together or walking the dog to celebrating bigger events.

The Power of Shared Meaning

One of the best ways to create shared meaning is to talk about each other’s dreams, which are often deeply connected to your past. Another way is to establish traditions and rituals for your life together. Start by discussing the kinds of traditions and rituals you each had when growing up. 

  • What are your best and worst memories? 
  • What would have made them better? 
  • How do you perceive these rituals today? 
  • What do they mean to you? 
  • How would you like them to be now? 

Share your past experiences and create special ones of your own.

For me, one such ritual is going away for my birthday every year. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – it can be camping, house-sitting, or just being in nature. This year, I even snuck out a day early and did some quick editing of my next YouTube video while preparing for my birthday ritual. These moments of connection are vital in maintaining and nurturing relationships. They provide a sense of continuity and togetherness amidst the busyness of life.

Discovering Your Rituals of Connection

Take the time to do the exercise below together and talk about the rituals that are most important to you. Discovering what kinds of rituals the two of you would like to introduce or continue in your relationship will help you in many ways: 

  • to feel the comfort and trust that comes from relying on regular routines, 
  • on turning towards each other, 
  • building stronger bonds, and 
  • inevitably deepening your emotional connection. 

The more shared meaning you can find, the deeper, richer, and more rewarding your relationship will be.

Exercise: Examining Your Rituals

Consider the following areas where you can create or enhance rituals of connection:

  • How do you like to celebrate your wins?
  • How do you like us to greet each other when we come home?
  • What are your favourite ways to spend our weekends together?
  • How do you prefer we handle disagreements or make up after an argument?
  • What activities make you feel most connected to me?

When you discuss the rituals of connection in your relationship, make sure you and your partner both have the time and energy for it. Remember that this exercise is meant to be an ongoing conversation and not to be completed all at once.

Enhancing Connection Through Gottman Method Couples Therapy

There are many things healthy, happy couples do, and one of those is creating rituals of connection. Gottman Method Couples Therapy is designed to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Drs. John and Julie Gottman developed nine components of healthy relationships known as The Sound Relationship House Theory. One of these key components is to turn towards and not away from each other, fostering deeper connection and understanding.

Creating rituals of connection is about more than just having routines; it’s about fostering a deeper emotional bond and creating a shared sense of meaning. By exploring and implementing these rituals, couples can experience a richer, more rewarding relationship.

If you want to learn more about how Gottman Method Couples Therapy can help strengthen your relationship, please reach out. We can work together to enhance the connection and communication in your relationship.


By Marie Vakakis

Marie Vakakis is a skilled therapist at The Therapy Hub, and mental health educator who helps couples build trust, commitment, and meaningful rituals of connection. Her compassionate approach supports couples in deepening their bonds and creating fulfilling relationships.