Fun Fantasy Ritual (FFR) is sharing its formula for couples who want to sustain a fulfilling long-term relationship in its new book “The Surprise Date Challenge: Be the Happiest Couple You Know.” Rooted in mystery and adventure, the book is a guide to planning surprise dates over the course of three months. Written by FFR owners and real life couple Dana Lam and Martin Kupper, the 82-page publication is filled with challenge steps to help the planner move from intention to action. The 12 months of surprise date ideas includes a proclamation at the end of the book to commit to the challenge.
“I started planning surprise dates to spend time with Dana in unconventional ways,” said Kupper, co-owner of FFR. “We realized that challenging each other to come up with these creative dates is the secret elixir in our relationship. While the challenge is for three months, it is a practice that can be repeated, turning it into a ritual that nourishes the relationship.”
In the book, Lam and Kupper detail why date activities are essential for relationships through discussing their unique path to discovering and cultivating the concept. Couples who have accomplished the challenge themselves also disclose how it has influenced their relationship. The Surprise Date Challenge is intended to inspire couples at all stages to put love at the forefront.
“Couples tend to give each other only the scraps of what’s left after a busy day,” said Lam, co-owner of FFR. “Between work and life demands, let alone adding kids into the mix, spending quality time with your significant other can be difficult. The book gives couples the tools to make date night fun again.”
Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, is a big supporter of the book.
“Almost everyone wants an exalted and cherished relationship,” said Hansen. “Here is a book that gives you the clues, tips and techniques to help make that relationship a reality.”
Based in Phoenix, Ariz., FFR helps couples enhance romance and connection through date concierge services, coaching, events and courses such as the Couples Connection Playshop. Local date activities and a free FFR Inspiration Kit can be found on its website.
“The idea impacts how couples connect on a deeper level, leads people to be intentional about their romance and most importantly, rediscover why they fell in love,” said Lam.