Have you ever felt so connected to your partner that they become your best friend and your home? If so, you’re not alone. There are many others just like you that feel the same about their significant other. For instance, I am one of them.
Here are 11 signs that your significant other is your best friend:
1. You completely understand each other’s sense of humor.
You laugh together at nonsensical things until your abs hurt. Your countless inside jokes leave everyone else scratching their heads because only the two of you truly understand. You feel comfortable enough to let your significant other hear your “ugly laugh,” too.
2. You can be your authentic self around them.
You show your true self 100 percent of the time with your significant other, and they do the same. When you’re together, neither of you hold anything back. You never feel weird about looking like a hot mess around them because you know it’s OK. In fact, you accept and love each other just the way you are.
3. You communicate honestly and openly.
When your partner is also your best friend, you share everything with them. Whether you feel angry, afraid, sad, or excited, your partner respects your emotions and actively listens while you share. You don’t fear their judgement and you appreciate their perspective.
4. Your relationship reflects a healthy balance.
You two don’t spend every waking moment together (although you sometimes wish you could). You each spend time with your own friends and family and you respect each other’s space. You also insist on quality time together, too, because you know that balance is key.
5. You share numerous interests and hobbies.
Although you each maintain an individual identity, you share many common interests. You enjoy activities that you can do together that provide each of you joy.
6. You trust each other completely.
Trust is important in any relationship, especially ones of a romantic nature. When your partner is also your best friend, you not only trust them with all of your secrets, but you trust them enough to not snoop or pry into their personal affairs. You tell each other everything, so there’s nothing left for either of you to hide. When you respect and love each other this completely, there’s no reason for either person to act shady.
7. You respect each other’s boundaries and always ask for consent.
Your partner understands your boundaries and never pushes them. You respect each other to always ask for consent, whether it’s something big or small. You never purposely make each other uncomfortable, and you respect each other enough to openly share when something feels wrong.
8. You enjoy being around each other’s friends and family.
Although you respect each other’s time apart, you also embrace the other important people in each other’s lives. You build connections with each other’s friends and family because they’re important parts of your life, too.
9. You willingly take care of each other’s needs in both sickness and health.
Sometimes you become so sick that you need help taking care of yourself. Luckily, when your partner is your best friend, they willingly jump in to care for you. You both offer everything you can when the other person is struggling with no questions or strings attached. Love is love, both in sickness and in health.
10. You stand up for each other.
When you share an intimate connection, you don’t dismiss each other’s flaws. However, when you hear anyone spreading false or negative rumors about each other, you step in and set the record straight on each other’s behalf. You care enough to stand up for each other no matter what, and it’s important to always have each other’s back.
11. Your support each other in your individual goals.
When your partner is your best friend, your dreams become their dreams and you both push each other to be the best version of yourselves. No matter what your goals are or how silly they seem, you support each other completely and do all that you can to help each other accomplish them all.
Regardless of what some people may say, there is nothing wrong with being best friends with the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with. You share everything together: your home, your life, your secrets. I always yearned for this type of connection with someone, and I feel incredibly thankful that I finally found the soul who completes me. Don’t settle for anything less than a partner who feels like your best friend, because it’s the most magical connection in the world.