Who is the happiest, couples that are passionate, romantic or those who are just friends? An article in Science Digest suggests that "romantic couples fare the best over time".
Their research shows that passionate couples are less likely to be happy in the long haul because they fight a lot more and tend to be "obsessive". The idea that passionate couples suffer from burnout isn't new. Over time their firecracker combustion just fizzles out.
This is why romance wins out. Romantic couples treat one another with tenderness and have sentiment about their history together. They aren't afraid to demonstrate that they have loving feelings about one another. They are the ones that do "little things," like leaving a note, a text message, a voicemail to remind their partner they are loved.
Now what about the couples that are "just friends"? Well, apparently they don't fare so well. If there was never any chemistry or the chemist went on a permanent vacation, there is not much hope. No one really understands relationship chemistry. It's either there, or it isn't. Sometimes couples that are friends will try living together or even marrying, but one or both will end up dissatisfied. If there are children, they may just come to terms with the fact that they are friends, nothing more. However, a sense of longing may just be too overwhelming, and those couples do break up because there is no sexual energy, passion or romantic connection.
What category does your relationship fall in? And, what kind of relationship do you wish for?