Do you treat your partner as your best friend? Maybe you see them as more than a friend, and that’s how it should be, but in the day to day interactions between you do you give your partner the same consideration, respect and admiration that you hold for your best friends? 

It’s easy to become so used to living with someone day in and day out that their presence becomes unremarkable. We get into our routines, our ruts and our habits, and the shine on our relationship can begin to fade. We take each other for granted sometimes; we stop really hearing and seeing our mate as an important person in our life. Sure, deep down we care for them, but on the surface it’s just the same stuff on a different day. Get up, go to work, pick- up kids, after school appointments, sports and band practice, what have you. Sound familiar? There’s nothing uncommon in this, it just happens. Unless you choose to break out and do things a little differently. 

Take some time in the coming weeks to stop, look and really see your partner for who they are, and all the wonderful things they do to make your life better. Think about what a friend you have in your partner, how they help you, pick up the slack, have your back and always stand beside you no matter what. 

Give your partner some special recognition and tell them how much you appreciate, admire and respect them for the person that they are and the friendship that they provide and how meaningful it is in your life. I can guarantee that it will make a difference in how you see each other and the friendship that is the basis for your life together.


About the Author:

Stuart Fensterheim, LCSW helps couples to overcome the disconnection in their relationships. As an author, blogger and podcaster, Stuart has helped couples around the world to experience a unique relationship in which they can feel special and important, confident in knowing they are loved deeply and that their presence matters. The Couples Expert Podcast consists of weekly provocative conversations offering the perspectives and insight of experts from a variety of relationship related fields. Stuart also offers daily relationship video tips on The Couples Expert YouTube channel and by subscription in Stuart's Daily Notes. Stuart is happily married and a devoted father of 2 daughters. His office practice serves the greater Phoenix, Arizona area including the cities of Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa.