Love is the core of every strong relationship. It is an emotion that is a key to the best relationships and marriages. Being in love is easy. However, being in love is not enough. “If your partner is not your best friend, your relationship will not pass the test of time.” Spending the rest of your life with someone seems like a long time, spending the rest of your life with your best friend doesn’t seem long enough. “Best friends provide each other with total trust, loyalty, mutual respect, admiration, encouragement, support, care and much more.” If the one you love is not someone you consider your best friend, your relationship might be in trouble and, in all likelihood, will not become one of the lifelong love stories one would wish for. (Yourtango.com)
There are many pros to dating or being in a relationship with your best friend. For one, they are familiar with your bad side. “Not only are they aware of your personal weaknesses, but they know how to respond to them in a way that is constructive to the relationship.” Further, you are more or less aware of each other’s relationship history. “You’ll both have an idea about why past relationships did not work out, which could help you to better understand each other’s relationship styles and issues, allowing you to be better prepared to deal with potential conflicts.” You are comfortable with one another. You both know the most quirky and strange things about each other, yet still love each other. “Dating a friend might seem less glamorous than falling in love at first sight, but what is more suspenseful than decoding a friend’s flirty mixed signals for romantic intentions?” There is always something to talk about. We all know how it is when we get together with a childhood friend, there is always tons to discuss and you are most likely always on the same page. Why not have that same type of connection with your significant other? (Yourtango.com)
Falling for one of your friends may not be the way things unravel for you and your other half, but as long as you develop a strong, intimate friendship within the relationship, then your everlasting relationship looks a little more promising. A study shows that being married causes an individual to be happy and one reason for that might be the role of friendship within the marriage. Those who consider their spouse or partner to be their best friend get about twice as much life satisfaction from marriage as others. (NYTimes.com)
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