A lasting relationship or marriage is the result of two different people coming together to create a wonderful experience. One of the essential ingredients for a healthy marriage is friendship. Once you relate with your spouse on a friendship level, you can be sure that your relationship can weather any storm.
Here are a few ways to make your partner your best friend.
You have to consciously make time to be with your spouse and have a great time together. Go out to interesting places together. Tickle your spouse’s funny bone and enjoy fun moments that have you laughing out loud together. Nothing like humor and fun to spice up a relationship!
Find out what your husband or wife likes to do and join them. The few hours you sacrifice indulging in your partner's hobby a week will go a long way towards cementing your relationship.
Ensure you spend time listening to your wife or husband when he/she talks. You need to be not only husband and wife but best of friends that can speak to each other about anything. Always take an interest in the things your partner says and give him/her your full attention. Let your husband or wife have confidence in you as someone they can talk to about anything. Also, make sure you can trust your secrets to them as well.
Your husband or wife will not be confident of your support unless they feel accepted by you. Knowing that you can be as you are at your core with your spouse is a great feeling. In some ways, you can try and better your spouse, but you have to realize that some things about them that you do not like are there to stay. So he likes to listen to hard rock on high volume, or she likes to rescue every stray animal! It may drive you crazy, but if you love them, let them be without trying to change them all the time.
One thing that encourages closeness between couples is intimacy. Actively make time to express your love for your spouse through touch and a lot of TLC. Making love should be part of the program, and both of you must make an effort to meet each other's needs.
Also give each other lots of hugs, back rubs, massages, and cuddles. These things make your partner feel desirable and wanted which raises their self-esteem. It also makes them want to be in your company a lot because you make them feel good.
Everything you do fades into oblivion if you do not respect your husband or wife. Respect is the sound base for love and friendship between two people. It makes anything you do for your spouse and with your spouse flourish. Always respect your spouse, and he/she will trust you and give you their best.
Spending time doing fun things with mutual friends is also a great way to make your spouse your best friend. You cannot be everything to your husband or wife. He/she needs to make friends with other people. These should also be people who understand you and with whom you can have fun with together. A great friendship circle comes in handy during rough times. Your circle of friends can also help you stay accountable to each other in your relationship.
Lastly, you should be your husband or wife's number one fan and support in everything. If they are going through a challenging time, be there for them no matter how difficult it gets for both of you. Life has lots of challenges, and in the end, you will need a companion that you can trust will be there for you through thick and thin. That's the essence of every best friend relationship anyway!