We are all looking for good friends who can last us a lifetime and be our partners in crime in whatever we do.
Sometimes, we are fortunate enough to find them, and other times the search is still on. We all need a friend who can share our deepest secrets, thoughts, and desires and won’t judge or undermine us. This friend is your go-to person when times are rough or when things are exciting, or when you need crucial advice on a subject close to your heart.
Can you zero in on a person who can be all of the above and the one you can trust completely?
Have you ever thought that your spouse could be that special friend in your life? Your answer should be yes! And if not, let’s figure out how to make your spouse your best friend. Remember, it’s a two-way street, and you need to invest in this relationship to get desired results.
1. Spend quality time together
Go out for events or just outings like you would go with friends. Make memories, and spend carefree moments regardless of anything else. Both of you should return home with a mutual feeling of contentment and oozing happiness from that time spent together.
It will help you learn more about other sides of your partner that you never knew, just like it is with friendships. Doing a shared activity helps form bonds. A 2015 study on joint attention, shared goals and social bonding conducted by the University of Oxford has shown that people can form bonding if they perform certain activities together, even with minimal interaction.
3. Be gentle and kind with each other
Conflicts will happen and should happen. Take them as an opportunity to know each other and yourself better. In all such situations and anything else, remember to be kind and gentle with each other. Always remember to reciprocate the sentiment that you would want for yourself.
Marriage researcher Terri Orbuch, the author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great, conducted a study with 373 couples for over 28 years. The results of this study pointed out that frequent small acts of kindness rather than rare grand gestures create more happiness in a relationship.
We may have conflicts with friends, but we are gentle with each other because we value their friendship at the end of the day. Why should it be any different for your spouse?
4. Follow some daily habits together
Meeting up with friends daily and following any ritual consistently helps you grow close. Similarly, make it a point to set up a habit that both of you can follow religiously day after day, so much so that a day without this habit looks incomplete and uneventful.
Some examples of these include:
Checking in with each other at least once throughout the day
Having morning and night rituals to greet your spouse
Having moments where you spoil your partner
Sharing funny texts, videos, or links with your partner
While it is important to know when to draw a line and limit some things in life, it is generally advisable to communicate freely to rule out any chances of discord or discontent. For any genuine friendship to blossom, it is important to be able to talk about anything under the sun without any apprehensions. Effective communication also ensures that both of you are honest and trust each other completely.
In the video below, Jimmy Evans lays out great principles for good communication skills in marriage. He says communication is the most obvious way of building meaningful relationships. He discloses 5 standards we set in our marriage for effective communication:
6. Show you care
It is perhaps most important to show you care. The unsaid isn’t always understood, in fact, it is in the best interest that you let your spouse know their absolute importance in your life. Many relationships fizzle out before their time just because the parties involved never realized each other’s worth. Such small gestures go a long way in forming bonds that rise above common, menial issues of life.
Best friends are rare to find but so are partners for a lifetime. If you are willing to invest time, patience, love, and trust in the bond you share with your spouse, you could be lucky enough to make your spouse your best friend.
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Sylvia Smith loves to share insights on how couples can revitalize their love lives in and out of the bedroom. As a writer at Marriage.com, she is a big believer in living consciously and encourages couples to adopt this principle in their lives too. Sylvia believes that every couple can transform their relationship into a happier, healthier one by taking purposeful and wholehearted action.