As a friend, he will not only be aware of your personal weaknesses, but he will know how to respond to them in a way that is constructive to the relationship and to your desire to improve yourself.

Dating a friend might seem less glamorous than falling in love at first sight, but what's more suspenseful than decoding a friend's flirty mixed signals for signs of romantic intentions?

If the relationship goes well, you'll be swept away at how a good friend turned out to be an even better boyfriend. We've all dated someone with whom we spent more time getting hot-and-heavy than in actual conversation.

Plus, just imagine the energy that you and a friend-turned-boyfriend will share after months (even years!

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But then one afternoon, after we'd both (independently) moved out of D. to return to New York, I was getting my hair cut at my old favorite place--Antonio Prieto--when it dawned on me that I was just down the street from Jake's new office.

(We had always been in tentative e-mail, even after the split.) I texted Jake, told him I was nearby, that I'd get out of the salon around 630--and did he want to grab a drink at that point? and luckily, after that, our friendship fell back into place fairly quickly.

While some friends who date are ideal soul mates for each other, most of these relationships do not last.

Why dating your best friend may be your best bet to finding true love.

Heck, you might even love him all the more for the quirks you would find annoying in anybody else.2.