Remember the first weeks of your relationship with your sweetheart?
When you started this adventure, you developed a friendship. You went places together. You spent hours together sharing thoughts and ideas. You explored the world together. And the friendship expanded to the point where you became best friends.
Keeping Romance Alive was never an issue. It was a natural outcome of your relationship.
As months became years, life irretraceably imposed duties on your time. Responsibilities replaced long walks. Children seized time from lingering conversations. Jobs claimed your energy. Through this clamor for your attention, the friendship can be challenged.
I trust friendship with your sweetheart continues because it’s important to romance.
Dr. Thomas R. Lee from Utah State University conducted a study to determine the factors which affect women’s and men’s satisfaction with romance.
He found the determining factor for satisfaction of the romance in the relationship is:
- For 70% of women, the quality of the couple’s friendship;
- For 70% of men, the quality of the couple’s friendship.
Imagine that. Women and men agree on something basic to romance – the importance of friendship.
Over 20 years ago someone made a fortune convincing us, men and women are from planets nearly 50 million miles apart in our communications and beliefs.
Turns out, whether you’re a male or female, the quality of your relationship impacts your satisfaction with romance.
Since quality of friendship impacts romance satisfaction, it’s in our best interest to keep our friendship alive.
Here are a few things you can do to continue to be bestest friends:
- Appreciate your sweetheart and their uniqueness.
- Be yourself when you’re around your sweetheart.
- Communicate openly and honestly.
- Encourage them, pointing out their great traits and successes.
- When they make a mistake, forgive them.
Putting effort into keeping your friendship alive will help keep your Romance Alive. Robert