Without a doubt, my wife is my best friend, and she is my go-to person for just about every conversation. We can talk about anything, and we do our best to find time every day to get together for a great chat.
While I love talking to my wife, I find that sometimes you just need some time out of the house with a friend to help clear your mind and get a fresh perspective on life.
I find these times to be really refreshing, and I usually come away from a little bar time full of ideas and energy (as long as I don’t overdo it with the beer 🙂 ).
Beer With A Buddy Time, as I like to call it, is an important part of living a full life and a healthy marriage.
Of course, alcohol doesn’t have to a centerpiece of this time. While I enjoy a cold, frosty one and prefer to chat at night after the kids are in bed and my family time is over, you can meet a friend for a meal, some great coffee or a round of golf. The important ingredients are simply you, a good friend and a free mind.
I’m a big believer that guys need guy time, and girls need a girl’s night out occasionally. It can seem selfish to spend some of your precious time away from your spouse and kids, but this time away with friends can make you a better husband or wife.
I always come away from a good late-night discussion with a new perspective, a renewed focus on what’s important in life and new mental energy. These benefits certainly carry over into my home and family life.
Sometimes the marital benefits are more direct. I’ve actually helped enhance (maybe even save) the marriage of friends over the course of several cold frosty ones. And I can tell you that few things compare to the feeling of truly helping a good friend.
I bet the community here has some great thoughts on this issue. Please leave a comment and let us know if you agree with the importance of taking time to hang out and talk with good friends.
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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.