What's The Best Thing About Being In A Relationship? 13 Singles On What They Look Forward To Sharing With A Partner

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Before I met my current partner, I was that single girl — the one who was always going on dates but, for one reason or another, never connected with anyone in a serious way. I was perpetually single and searching for a relationship, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't spend plenty of time imagining the best things about being in a relationship: I loved the idea of constant cuddling, cooking meals together, and (eventually) splitting the rent.

Although I wasn't ashamed of my relationship status and knew that there were plenty of benefits of being perpetually single, I still always looked forward to being in love. When you're single, it's easy to feel like there are certain things you're missing out on by not having a partner, and there's nothing wrong with wanting those things. In a recent AskReddit thread, singles shared the aspects of couplehood that they most look forward to — from gaming together to having lots of sex to creating inside jokes — and it's clear that everyone has something they love about being in a relationship.

If you're single and curious what other people most look forward to about finding love, here 13 of the best things about having a partner, according to Reddit.

1Good Old Fashioned Snuggling

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Is there anything better than having someone you can hug and snuggle up with anytime you want? And hey, if you don't have a partner, pets make excellent snuggle substitutes.

2Holding Hands

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It might sound vague, but "doing cute sh*t together" is actually one of the best parts about having a partner: holding hands and forehead kisses can't be overrated.

3Being Intimate On A Regular Basis

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Sure, you can have sex on a regular basis when you're single, but it can take a lot more effort: being in a long-term relationship means you don't have to go through the hassle of finding a partner every time you feel frisky.

4Having A Teammate

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Even if you already have a super strong support network, there's nothing quite like the feeling of having a romantic partner who's always on your team and willing to support you through life.

5Genuinely Feeling Love

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As sappy as it sounds, one of the best things about being in love is simply the act of feeling love toward another person (and, of course, feeling loved in return).

6Creating Inside Jokes

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Having a partner means you always have someone to discuss, debate, and crack jokes with — and probably create some weird inside jokes of your own.

7Cooking For/With Your Partner

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If there's one thing that's better than the feeling of being in love, it's food — so it makes sense that cooking for or with your partner would be an amazing experience.

8Having Someone To Talk Through Your Problems With

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Everyone goes through difficult times, and it's extremely comforting to be in a relationship where your partner is always willing to listen to you talk about your problems and support you through them, even if that means letting you cry on their shoulder.

9Having Someone To Check In On You

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Having someone you can vent to about all the little day-to-day annoyances you experience is hands-down one of the most underrated perks of having a partner.

10Playing Video Games Together

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Part of the fun of a relationship is being able to laze around and relax together — and what better way to do that than by taking turns beating each other at Mario Kart?

11Having Someone Who Motivates You

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Even if you're a super self-motivated person, it's still an amazing feeling to have a partner who motivates you to be a better person, whether that's in your career or your personal life.

12Getting Back Scratches

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IMO, this is the number one reason to find a partner.

13Sharing Good/Exciting News With Them

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When you get good news (like a promotion or raise) and you're bursting with excitement, it feels so good to be able to share that with a partner who you know will celebrate your success with you.

Even though there are plenty of great things about being in a relationship —like having someone to cuddle and watch Netflix with — relationships also take effort to maintain. There's no shame in wanting to stay single: as long as you're happy, your relationship status is irrelevant.