A genuine, loving relationship is one of the best things – maybe the best thing – life has to offer.
I believe these things are the best, most wonderful things about being in a reciprocal state of long-term love. These three aspect-states are the main reasons, purposes, functions, and joys of a loving relationship:
This involves both physical intimacy and, most importantly, emotional intimacy. Intimacy offers a genuine closeness, a wholesome bond. It allows for complete openness and cohesion between individuals.
The ability to share your vulnerable aging body, your ceaseless thoughts, and your deepest feelings with another person is the pinnacle of human connection. Nothing is better than being completely trusting and trusted, fully accepting and accepted.
Having someone to share life’s experiences with – having a constant companion – is one of the best ways to create and sustain true joy. Companionship is the basis of a loving partnership, and a loving partnership offers consistent mutual support, stability, motivation, and encouragement throughout life.
A deep companionship is an enlightened friendship. It offers interminable connection and reliably enjoyable company of another being. Authentic companionship is a sturdy structure of helpfulness, kindness, and hope.
There are many things in life that create meaning and purpose, but being in a loving relationship is one of the best: it consistently creates opportunities to be meaningful and purposeful, both for someone and with someone. And of course meaning and purpose are core elements of real happiness.
A healthy, loving relationship gives you immense reason to remain engaged in life. It offers fulfillment. It offers you a constant role, that of a lover, which sustains a genuine sense of deep, meaningful purpose.
– Just missing the cut: romance and passion. These things are undoubtedly important for a loving relationship, especially early on. But over time, the three things outlined above are more important, as well as more sustainable and more fulfilling.
Intimacy, companionship, and meaning/purpose serve us best in the long run. They are the most sustainably enjoyable states or qualities that also maintain great function. And above all they feel the best.