Shifting the labels from friends to lovers is not an easy feat. We witness this recurring theme in movies and TV shows, yielding some of the most captivating love stories ever told.
In real life, falling in love with your closest friend can feel strange. It can lead to a happily ever after or, sometimes, to end up as strangers. It’s crucial to assess whether the potential rewards outweigh the risks if you want to elevate your friendship into a romantic relationship.
If you share a harmonious friendship but have different desires in life, it’s generally advisable to maintain a purely friendly bond. Nevertheless, there are instances when all the pieces seem to fall into place, compelling you to take the leap and transform your friendship into a romantic connection. Here, we offer tips to navigate friendship to relationship successfully:
Discovering that the right person for you is someone you know so well is a beautiful thing. If you finally muster the courage to tell your best friend about your feelings, and your love is reciprocated, the next step is to transition into a romantic relationship smoothly. This part may seem easy (you already know each other by heart, after all).
However, some couples who were once best friends walk on thin ice at some point in their love stories. It is easy to confuse signals and roles, and some couples regret moving away from being friends. The key to avoiding that is to navigate the transition smoothly.
Like any other romantic relationship, you must be faithful, committed, and open to communication. You should also practice what other couples do, even when you feel they aren’t necessary as you skipped the “getting to know” phase. Going on a date, exchanging gifts during anniversaries, and paying attention to their habits and pet peeves, will help strengthen your relationship.
Do you have personal experiences or other tips about turning a friendship into a relationship? If so, be sure to add your suggestion(s) in the comments below.