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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 name it.But while all of these romantic gestures are important and certainly keep things interesting, we’ve been surprised to find that an ever-deepening friendship has been the real fuel to romantic passion.
Before you do, make sure they understand why you feel this way.People who use friends as "something to do" until they meet a romantic partner are missing out on a very important part of their emotional life.In the long run, they are ones that will lack the balance and support that friendship can give.Sometimes we give people the benefit of the doubt and immediately think of them as our friend, when they perhaps don't feel the same way.Maybe they are using you, or maybe they just don't know how to be a friend.Your friend may not realize that what they are doing is a bad thing.
Know When to Leave the Friendship Choosing to let friends go is never an easy thing.
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. “It’s the foundation of intimacy.” The truth is, if you’re looking for romance, the best place to start is by building a strong friendship.
Brittle calls these moments “rituals” and defines them as “the regularly occurring activities and interactions that help stabilize a relationship.” He argues that rituals are opportunities to infuse your relationship with creativity. Find something simple you both love to do—or want to do more of—and do it together on a regular basis. For example, we started watching Seattle football about a year after we moved away from the city.
Even with that, it hurts when a friend turns their back on you.
So if this person has done it before and you see another similar episode about to happen, talk to your friend.
Either way, wish them the best and mean it, and then return to the people in your life who do treat you well.