It takes several components to build a meaningful, deep, and long-lasting relationship. Love, trust, loyalty, understanding, compassion, and respect are all important. Yet, any relationship can fall apart if it lacks friendship between the partners.
Physical attraction and feelings of affection are what make us get in relationships at the beginning. Yet, the question is what direction our relationship will go into after the intensity of the original infatuation and passion reduces and life gets in our way.
That’s the point where friendship comes in. I don’t want to say that you should start dating your best friend. Instead, friendship will develop naturally as a result of the unconditional love, support, and understanding that you share with each other.
When you realize that your partner is your best friend means that you’ve reached a new stage in your relationship. Your relationship has become deeper, more meaningful and complete.
Friendship is the component which guarantees your relationship will last longer.
It will be great if you find out that you and your partner are best friends, won’t it?
Well, if you can find the following 8 signs in your relationship, then you can be sure that your significant other is your best friend.
Here is the list:
1. You know they’ll always be there for you.
You’ll know your partner is your best friend when you can rely on them whenever you need them. You know that they’ll be there to congratulate you on your successes, but they’ll also be there to hold your hand and support you when you’re going through a tough period.
They’ll be the wind at your back and they’ll move mountains to stand by your side when you’re down in the dumps.
What’s more important, they won’t see this as an obligation, but they’ll enjoy encouraging you and going through the same burden you’re experiencing.
2. You don’t need to impress your partner.
Friends never try to change each other. So, why should this be different with your partner? They know what you represent and accept and love you just the way you are.
They acknowledge your merits and flaws. Yet, you don’t feel the need that you have to change yourself to meet their expectations. You don’t have to pretend to be someone you are not. If you feel like laughing loudly when you’re watching a comedy together in the cinema, you don’t stay serious but you simply do that. You’re yourself and your partner likes that.
3. You don’t allow your disagreements to affect negatively your relationship.
Even best friends argue, but they don’t allow this to interfere with their friendship. If your partner is your best friend, you don’t let this happen either.
When you have problems, you always try to find solutions to them. You never sweep them under the carpet. You don’t withhold your emotions and opinions, no matter how strong and different they’re from your partner’s. You’re not afraid to speak your mind.
Moreover, your partner, i.e. your best friend, always shows understanding and respects your point of view. They’re willing to join your forces together and reach an agreement.
4. You can talk endlessly about a myriad of topics.
Conversations with your partner always come naturally. You enjoy talking with each other and you can do that for hours. Exchanging your opinions on various topics is what makes your relationship alive and more interesting.
Your partner is always looking forward to talking with you. You can go to bed late at night, but there isn’t anything in this world that can make you skip or end your lengthy and pleasant conversations.
5. You feel good even when you’re not doing anything together.
Who said that you always have to do something with your partner so that you feel happy and content?
Well, this is exactly how you feel when you’re spending time together doing nothing. You can lay in bed or watch tv and you’ll still feel comfortable. The fact that you’re just next to each other is more than enough for you.
6. You enjoy having fun and relaxing together.
I’m sure you have a lot of fun with your friends, right? So, don’t expect that this situation will be different with your partner if he/she is your best friend.
Your partner enjoys seeing you smile. When they see the glow in your eyes when you’re happy, they’re even happier. They will suggest taking a walk in nature, going to a theme park or just staying at home and watching a good comedy film just to offer you some fun.
7. Your partner spends time hanging out with your friends.
What other proof do you need that your partner is your best friend?
He enjoys hanging out with your friends. He’s a part of them.
Moreover, your partner doesn’t consider your friends as an obstacle to your relationship. They don’t envy your friends. They enjoy having fun and good quality time with you and your friends. Your partner knows your friends are important to you, so they aren’t anything less than that to them. You act like a team together.
8. You enjoy sharing jokes with your partner more than with other people.
Your partner wants to make you feel good and comfortable. You feel in the same way about them too. The sound of your laugh fills them with joy and satisfaction they can’t explain.
When you’re upset or sad, they’ll come up with thousands of jokes, some of which can be not that funny, just to make you laugh.
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