In fact, companionate love is more closely associated with relationship satisfaction than is passionate love -- the type of romantic love based on intense feelings of attraction and preoccupation with one's partner. When you look at seemingly happy celebrity couples like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, or Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, not only do they appear to be in love, but they also seem to genuinely enjoy hanging out together. Plus sitcom wives weren't expected to be sex symbols when "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first appeared in We hold our relationships to higher standards than we have in previous decades. Peter Tait The importance of great teaching on children's success.
Compared to previous generations, today's heterosexual men and women are more accustomed to thinking of each other as friends on equal footing, even outside of the romantic realm.
Falling In Love With Your Best Friend
I wish I'd never got into it. These findings demonstrating the benefits of dating or marrying your best friend make perfect sense when you consider the type of relationship best friends share. In a study released Thursday by Bravo Media, more than 1, people between the ages of 18 and 54 were polled to see if the risk of dating a best friend is worth the possibility of finding true love. Finding someone we can share our heart with — someone who understands and accepts us just the way we are, is priceless. We were sitting on the bed in his parents' spare room when he kissed me for the first time. The two got married in real life, but things didn't work out.