Confidence and perspective.
After I married my best friend I have an extremely different view on my relationships with other people. Caring if someone likes me or not doesn't really happen anymore. Who am I trying to impress? I know I always have someone to go home to.
I feel it makes my friendships more genuine. I'm only friends with someone if they genuinely like me, and I genuinely like them.
Being laid in bed, while your SO Is at the side of you, looking at her thinking she's gorgeous then out of nowhere she let's out a ripper fart and starts snoring like a demon. Sounds weird, but the lack of negative judgment in a relationship is refreshing
Cuddling. I love to just lay down with them and just chill. Also, acting like idiots in public for fun.
I'm about to do something extremely difficult but right that could and possibly will destroy my friendships with certain people. And my partners right there beside me, supporting and reassuring me, even though this will quite possibly affect him as well. Nothing is more valuable than that
I love the feeling of "us against the world." Like, no matter what happens-we will tackle it together.
Having someone to offer you love, advice, a hug when you're feeling down or weak. It can help you bounce back quicker than you otherwise would. Then when you do have the great times you have someone to celebrate it with.
As someone who has struggled with self confidence throughout their life, just being able to lay there doing nothing with someone you care about, knowing they're enjoying just laying there doing nothing with you is an amazing feeling
Honestly, one of the great benefits about relationships, particularly long-term, is that you are relieved of the burden of needing to find and secure a partner. This used to take up a huge amount of time, mental energy and stress. Now that I've been married for 5 years, I have stability, more peace, and my mind is freed to focus that effort on new things.
Everything isn't about sex. If I was in a relationship I would be happy honestly, I struggle from depression and it makes me lonely as hell.. Having a Partner/Girlfriend would actually make me happy., Because at lease I have someone to talk to, Right now I have no one but I'm talking this sweet woman hopefully I can keep her she understands what I'm going through.
Basically the best thing about being in a relationship is you can relate to the person, and when things are going tough you can escape reality with the person you love, they make everything better..
Cuddling in bed. So good. I love the comfort, warmth, security. If drugs are more addictive than cuddling in bed I'd be an addict on first use. I feel a surge of relief and happiness. Definitely the best part.
Honestly, without sounding too cliche, trust, respect, and unconditional everything. Let me explain...
Stay out late drinking with the boys? Sarcasm, maybe a little bit of punishment(like being way too loud when I'm super hungover, Sam), but in the end she asks how it was and we talk about the bonds formed, and the good times had.
Forget to do something important? The 2nd time was a reminder, but the 3rd is a push to make you realize that it's not something that you should brush off. Mainly, because you love this person and you're sharing your life with them.
Bad habit? I chew(it's gross and bad, I know, shut up). She's the only person in my life who's ever made me think that quitting was actually going to be doable. She's supportive and even helps me when I slip up. The same applies for all things in 'good' relationships.
Feeling taken for granted? I feel guilty for even feeling like this, but recently a situation happened where I felt taken for granted and what happens? I got home from work(at 3 o'clock in the morning btw) and she'd bought me something I couldn't bring to buy myself for nearly a year. There was a tearjerking card and all.
The best part about being in a relationship... is being in the right relationship, with somebody who cares for you, and respects you for all of the things that you do.
Regular sex without the risks involved in being promiscuous.
So many inside jokes that no one else will ever get. Except maybe the kids when they get older :)
The emotional support. The cuddles. The guilt free sex. Even eating together is great.
Having someone to smoke weed with and not feel weird when you get horny too.
It's something that you just feel.
The feeling that no matter how bad your day was, no matter how much shit happened or how bad things went at work or with friends, that there's someone that's going to be there to talk to and divide the pain with you.
Conversely, if you are happy, then you have someone to share it with and there's a multiplier effect where you can act silly and do whatever and have fun without caring about anything else in the world.
Getting in sync with someone is amazing, even when that can mean *completely out of sync*
Having someone you can trust by your side, to share whatever thought you have inside with.
Having someone else to get up and turn the lights off half the time.
After years of abusive relationships and finally finding a pretty normal/regular relationship (with an extra special dude). Just feeling loved. Little things they do for you too make your day better. Don't settle for less.