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Friendship is the Secret to a Romantic Relationship

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Friendship is the Secret to a Romantic RelationshipHere is a piece of interesting news for all. A new study states that a long lasting friendship is a secret to a romantic relationship. So, if you have been waiting to build a good bonding with your partner and have tried various options and things have not turned out to be successful. Well, here is a fantastic way to ignite your relationship in a simple and healthy way. Recent research states that valuing your friendship with your partner helps to strengthen your relationship by creating more commitment and bonding between the two.

In a relationship, if people try to emphasize more on satisfying one’s personal needs or desires then the relationship is less likely to succeed or develop a good bonding. To enhance the quality of your romantic relationship, it is very important to value the friendship aspect of your friendship. As per the lead author of this study, Laura VanderDrift of Purdue University Indiana has said that- “Romantic relationships are, at their core, friendships.” Giving more importance to the friendship component in a relationship is relative to any other components (like sex) to promote a positive relationship.

According to researchers, friendship is a characteristic of love and hence should be strengthened in any relationship. The team to report these findings had conducted two experiments. One was on 190 students who were indulged in a relationship from the past 18 months. The students had to fill questionnaires that aimed to assess the amount of investment they had put in a relationship. (This also included the different aspects of their relationship and future plans)

On being contacted four months later for being questioned with more on their relationship, 27% of the couples were not together. And, the ones who had scored highly were the ones who had been more particular about the friendship aspect of their relationship and even seemed to be content with their romantic commitment. Over the four months of their study, they saw the increase in a few of things like: partners who had put in more efforts in building a strong friendship were less likely to break up.

The next experiment studied about the relationships of 184 students who had been dating for 16 months on average. These couples were asked to rate the different aspects of relationship like companionship, self-improvement, sex, security and new experiences. The people rating companionship proved to score higher in their romantic and sexual fulfillment. And, the ones who targeted more on their personal needs could not score higher in their level of commitment in realty too. Therefore, if you are planning for a happy and a long lasting relationship with your partner- remember Friendship first.

By- Angelica Campbell