Increasing Intimacy in Marriage
Intimacy is the closeness of your relationship with your spouse -- emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, sexually, and in many other ways. Intimacy is not an end goal but rather a journey that lasts throughout your marriage. Marriage and family researchers Schaefer and Olson4 describe attaining intimacy as "a process that occurs over time and is never completed or fully accomplished" (p. 50). As you both grow and develop, each of you changes. If you neglect intimacy in your marriage, you will grow apart. The time to work on intimacy is now.
Hagey, Derek Willis; Brewer, Amber L.; Jamieson, Rachel V.; Stahmann, Robert F.; and Duncan, Stephen F., "Increasing Intimacy in Marriage" (2018). Forever Families. 9.