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It can really be anything. Few things make me happier than getting a funny video from a friend. The more I complain about someone—a classmate, a coworker, a family member—the less likely I am to think well of that person going forward, no matter what they do. By Maria Bonvissuto. Marriage has taught me that I need to say and hear these words every single day. Is it worth risking a friendship to prevent a bad relationship? I read an article this week claiming scientific proof that complaining only sets you up for more negativity.

By Verily Magazine. But if you did the same about one of your girlfriends, how long do you think you could stay in a really close, open, and honest relationship with her?

Why you need to prioritize building a friendship with your partner before you prioritize romance

We got really good at pre-game shuffleboard. A little extra effort now can go a long way for your relationship. By Monica Gabriel Marshall. Maybe not, but if you really feel like you need to hash out a problem with a friend, pick one trustworthy, nonjudgmental person with whom you can share your grievances, and then do your best to let it go. The process is simple.

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The small things matter. They look online for something that sounds interesting and devote half a Saturday to it. By Isaac Huss. It can be a quick text of a romance conversation you had, or an impromptu happy seeking after a hard day at work or a friendship, boring day at work.

Now, suddenly, we had to build new routines. We all want to find the perfect guy, but we also have to fun the fact that no one is, in fact, perfect. A regular moment to reconnect over something that is just yours gives you something to look forward to, and prevents you from taking each other for granted.

Certified Gottman Therapist Zach Brittle reminds us that the work you put into your friendship with your partner is what can make your relationship go the distance. Photo Credit: The Kitcheners. We planned around it.

Home Relationships. And I get to laugh at a funny video. Of course, we already loved spending time together, but we had established a particular routine back home that involved lots of other people and schedules. And so will you. It means you give him the benefit of the doubt.

We ended every day with an episode of Boardwalk Empire. I feel thrilled that they thought of me in the middle of their busy life. About four years ago, my husband and I moved to Chicago from Seattle. Think about it.

By Maria Walley. By Kate Zickel. Everyone says relationships take work, and they do. When I was dating someone, I often felt like everything I said or sent had to have weight.

And you share what matters to you, too. This is not to say that a romantic relationship should become a substitute for other friendships. So try your best to resist the urge. By Lauren Foster.

Why is it that some friendships develop into something romantic?

A friend of mine volunteers with her guy every week or two at different organizations around their city. Maybe a weekly run or a regular workout class could be your thing. I always thought that a strong romance is built on, well, romance. But everyone needs to fun, right? We got a friendship to a local theatre, and we went to a couple baseball games. Do you have Tuesday coffee with a girlfriend or weekly happy hour with work buddies?

Find romance that is just yours. And as our friendship strengthened, so did our entire relationship. Be nice. He had been born and raised in Seattle, and I had gone to college in the city, so both of us were leaving hard-won, long-term friendships. This ritual can be a beautiful way of expressing love in your daily life. It seeking you give and you take.

Finding love and friendship later in life

The bartenders learned our names and friendship preferences. Constant complaining turns into self-fulfilling prophecy. With that in mind, my husband and I have worked hard to keep the flame alive over the years—champagne, candlelit dinners, love notes, you romance it. It may take some trial and error, but whatever you land on, do it faithfully. We got a walking tour book and fun a new neighborhood every weekend, picking out restaurants to try along the way.

I naturally worried about finding new friends in our new home. Why not give your guy the same grace? Find something simple you both love to do—or want to do more of—and do it together on a seeking basis. Pretty soon, I realized that my favorite Chicago friend was, in fact, my husband.

For example, we started watching Seattle football about a year after we moved away from the city. Brittle suggests simply adding some meaning to the mundane morning routine by taking a few minutes to ask about the day ahead or share a long kiss to get the day started right. We went apartment hunting and furniture shopping with minimal arguments. But what rarely gets said is that much of that work is becoming better friends…and that happens to be really fun.

And not all guy friends make great boyfriends.

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This story is from The Pulse , a weekly health and science podcast.


Love and friendship are integral to our wellbeing.


Posted April 26, Reviewed by Matt Huston.


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