4. Friends help you develop your sense of independence. This matters, because a relationship based on two committed yet independent people is generally healthier than a relationship built on co-dependency.
The key here is to seek and maintain friendships with people who share similar morals and values, respect the sanctity of your primary relationship, and add to your life, rather than detract from it by creating stress and conflict.
Friendships and marriage are equally important when it comes to happiness in life. Having good friends and a happy marriage can make bring stability in your life, by providing a balance. Friendships can help your marriage in myriad ways like mentioned above, and as long as you have the best of both worlds, life cannot be more perfect.
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