Reasons to be together
In these liberal modern times, fewer and fewer people are appreciating the true value of relationships. Marriage rates are declining; people are settling down at a much older age; ‘Playing the field’ is becoming increasingly fashionable. But relationships can be so rewarding. In fact, it’s been proved by countless studies that being in a relationship reduces the chance of developing depression, heart disease and many other health problems. Married people statistically live longer lives, too.
So, it’s time to shake off commitment-phobic attitudes and start reaping the benefits of a relationship. Here are some of those benefits…
Relationships are a guarantee that (as the popular song by The Feeling suggests) you’ll ‘never be lonely’. It’s fantastic to know you will have that someone by your side through thick and thin. It’s someone to do the weekly shop with, go running with and cuddle up to in the evenings. This feeling of companionship is incredibly comforting, especially when the other parts of your life aren’t going so well.
Whether you’ve met through online dating sites or through friends, you can always count on the support of your partner. In a relationship, you will always have someone on your side keeping you strong through any problems that life might throw at you. They’ll always back you up and say exactly the right things to get you smiling again.
With two heads comes twice as much knowledge and expertise. You can always count on your partner to give you useful advice, or at least provide a unique perspective on something. Also, you can give your advice back and help your partner out of their tricky situations. And who knows what enormous riddles you could solve if you put both of your heads together.
Relationships cross a new line of intimacy. Being with your partner every day, spending every available minute with them, incorporating them into your friendship groups and family circles, sharing a house, sharing a life – it’s the closest you’ll ever get to anyone. You finish each other’s sentences and predict each other’s every move. That deep-rooted unquestioning knowledge of each other is such a fantastic thing to have.
As well as all of the personal and emotional benefits, relationships are certainly healthy for the wallet. You get to half every bill – rent, food, household costs. Then there are tax breaks if you get married and the pension to share when you retire. On a practical basis, relationships are an incredibly savvy move.
Whether you’re in London dating or in Manchester dating, don’t fall for the modern ideals of anti-commitment. There are still many wonderful benefits of being in a relationship. Your partner is the best friend you’ll ever have, and they’ll support, guide and accompany you through life, not to mention save you a load of cash!