25 Questions to Ask Your Partner Instead of the Dreaded ‘How Was Your Day?’

Plus ways to make it flirty

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It’s a basic, boring question—and one said on repeat to your partner each time you reconnect after a long day: “How was your day?” The response is usually, “Fine. Yours?” Then, “Fine.” And just like that, a question that’s meant to be an open-ended conversation starter becomes an intimacy dead end. So, how do you make catching up with each other more meaningful and relationship-affirming? To begin, you’re going to want to reframe your original question. Here’s why.

Why You Shouldn’t Say ‘How Was Your Day?’

According to The Science of People, the “how was your day?” trap begins when this question becomes a logistical check-in as opposed to a chance to glean deeper details about your partner’s experience (who they are and how they’re changing as they navigate their life). Unless you pepper in a series of follow-ups, it almost always warrants a vague response or one-word answer.

The solution? Specificity. You want to choose a question that will force your partner to say something deeper or—at the very least—solicit more details from them about their emotional experience. The following questions are alternatives to the dreaded “how was your day?” and ones that encourage a combination of specificity, but more importantly vulnerability and openness.

Questions to Ask Instead of ‘How Was Your Day?’

1. What was the best part of your day?
2. Did anything surprise you today?
3. Did you read/listen to anything interesting today?
4. Did you take any photos today? What of?
5. Was there any juicy office gossip from today?
6. What did you do that was just for you today?
7. What do you wish you did more of today?
8. What do you wish you did less of today?
9. What made you laugh today?
10. Did anything make you feel frustrated today?
11. Did you receive any good news today?
12. How many cups of coffee did you have today?
13. What are you most grateful for about your day?
14. What was the best conversation you had today?
15. Tell me three good things that happened to you today.
16. What did you have for lunch today?
17. What inspired you the most today?
18. What is something you did today that you’d love to do every day?
19. Did you do something kind for anyone today?
20. If you could do any part of today over again, what would it be and why?
21. When did you feel appreciated today?
22. If you could guarantee one thing for tomorrow, what would it be?
23. If your day turned into a movie, who would you cast?
24. Will you remember any specific part of your day a year from now? Five years? How come?
25. Aren’t you going to ask me about my day?

…And If You Want to Make It Flirty, Here Are More Questions to Try

Whether you’re reconnecting in-person to catch up about each other’s days or simply checking in over text, adding a flirty tone to the question can make it that much more fun to respond. It’s also a great way for you both to take your mind off any stressors bubbling up from the day. Some sample questions to ask? Read on.

1. How easily could I convince you to call in sick tomorrow and spend the day with me?
2. Are you totally drained from your day or do you still have energy for me?
3. What have you missed most about me today?
4. Hey honey, are you having the most amazing day?
5. How many times did you think about me today?
6. What’s your ideal after-work plan, just me and you?
7. Do you miss me? I miss you!
8. You looked so cute going to work today. Send a selfie?

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