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Cultivate your friendship
Your spouse should be your best friend. Trust, tenderness, and confidence are essential to building a marriage bond that will thrive over time. Friendship is in no way contrary to the romantic and passionate aspects of marriage; rather, a deep friendship should be the foundation of the relationship. Happy couples know each other intimately. They know exactly what the other person likes and dislikes, what their hopes and dreams are. This requires paying constant attention to the other. Some people mistakenly seek their primary friendships outside of their marriage, seeing their married life as a place more for sexual fulfillment, but this can lead to conflict. Spouses should be the best of friends.

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