All too often it seems individuals are overly forgiving of a relationship partner’s bad behavior, when they would never accept similar behaviors from a friend.
For example, if your friend was mean, rude, perpetually grumpy, nagging, dishonest, argumentative, emotionally unstable, ignored your texts, called you names or didn’t want to have meaningful conversations with you, would you still want to be friends?
Take the time to find a romantic partner who truly is your best friend.
If the relationship goes well, you'll be swept away at how a good friend turned out to be an even better boyfriend. We've all dated someone with whom we spent more time getting hot-and-heavy than in actual conversation.
Trust us, you'll swear off the random guys you meet during happy hour forever! The moment of truth inevitably arrives during a long car ride, when you have no choice but to put on the radio because the two of you have no common interests.
These findings demonstrating the benefits of dating or marrying your best friend make perfect sense when you consider the type of relationship best friends share.
Friends enjoy spending time together, share similar interests, take care of each other, trust each other and feel a lasting bond between them.
A study of 622 married individuals revealed that those with higher scores on the friendship-based love scale also reported more relationship satisfaction, greater perceived importance of the relationship, greater respect for their spouse, and felt closer to their spouse.