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Revealing 20 of the Biggest Benefits of Having a Life Partner Beyond Intimacy

Being in a relationship offers a multitude of benefits that enrich our lives in numerous ways. Beyond the intimate connection, relationships provide emotional support, companionship, and a sense of belonging. They help foster personal growth through shared experiences and promote mutual trust and communication. Relationships also cultivate a support system when facing challenging times that help build resilience and provide a safe space for being vulnerable. 


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One Redditor excitedly said, “⁠It is way more efficient to cook for two people than one. Also, if you live together, splitting the rent on a one-bedroom means SO much more extra money for activities!”


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A second Redditor added, “For me, it’s that I can always wake him up for a hug when I’m having a nightmare. And he’s really happy I can remove those few ingrown hairs on his face.”

Hidden Snacks

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A user revealed, “She has a purse I can hide candy and beer in when we see a movie. It’s both a money saver and awesome!”

Getting Weird

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This Redditor shared, “Having someone be okay with you being the weirdest person on the planet and love you for it. I can’t be as weird around 90% of my close platonic friends, but damn, me and my S.O. will make as many weird faces, strange noises, and bad jokes as we damn well please!”

Keeping You In Check


A top-liked comment said, “Having someone to tell how much everybody else sucks too, but she will also call you out if you are overreacting.”



A user commented, “Someone who can bring you more toilet paper so you’re not running across the house like a weird little penguin.”

All Of It

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A Redditor said, “In no specific order, mine are someone to tell my day to. Someone to play video games with. Someone to get free advice from. Cuddling and knowing someone is there for you.”

An Excuse

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This user stated, “I have an excuse to get out of anything I don’t feel like attending. Ah…dangit. I’d love to go, but she’s not feeling well…”


A user mentioned, “Food. In. The. Fridge. Real food, not just bacon, beer, and 4 kinds of mustard. It’s glorious, any kind of food I want as well! She keeps the fridge stocked!”

Emotional Support

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This Redditor commented, “Having someone to support you emotionally and to be there for you in return. I think. The fact I am the first person with this answer makes me a little less sure about that.”

Care Taker


One user shared, “Someone to take care of you when you are sick. Having someone willing to take care of  you, the keyword “willing,” is a great thing to have in a partnership.”

Best Friends

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A top-liked comment said, “She’s my best friend. We go everywhere together, and I always have a partner that makes me happy.”


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This user said, “Permanent best friend to do best friend things with. It’s also much easier to pump people up to do things when you already have 2 people on board.”

Head Rests

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A user commented, “The best thing is lying down and putting my head in her lap while we watch a movie. Girl thighs are so comfy.”


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One Redditor commented, “I just tend to live a healthier life when I have a girlfriend. Smoke less grass, don’t go to bars as much, crazy dedication at the gym, keep my room clean, and stay on top of work/school. I think that’s all related to the regular stuff, though.”

Love & Care

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A user shared, “Feeling wanted/needed. Sometimes people just want someone to tell them, “I care for/love you.”


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This user mentioned, “For me, it’s a trust thing. I can trust my wife with sides of me that I’ve never been comfortable sharing with anyone else. I’m a pretty goofy person, and she’s the only one who really knows the extent. It’s really refreshing to be able to just be myself without worrying about someone judging me for being kinda effeminate. I get downright girly sometimes.”

Helping Hand

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One user hilariously said, “I don’t have HBO, so my girlfriend texts me all of the s**** scenes from Game of Thrones. I love her.”

Being There For One Another

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This Redditor added, “Knowing that he will always be there for me, knowing that every night I’m going to sleep next to my best friend in the whole world, and waking up to that same person by my side…There is no feeling that matches it.”

Social Events

Finally, a Redditor said, “She plans social events for me.  I’d probably be a recluse if it weren’t for her.”

It’s very clear that Redditors really hit the nail on the head when it comes to identifying many of the benefits of being in a relationship. The comments left were well-rounded and encompassed important benefits such as emotional support, companionship, personal growth, trust, and communication. Relationships offer a haven where we can be our authentic selves, share life’s joys and challenges, and find solace in the presence of a caring partner.

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