If sex is all you’ve ever had to bring you together, a level of resentment can occur if the relationship goes south and there will be very little glue to stick it back together.

A good friend should have many of the qualities you look for in a potential partner.

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In a poll conducted for the women’s website handbag.com, 83% of female participants believed that a purely platonic friendship could exist between men and women.

But, when probed further, one third said they secretly lusted after their male friends.

It seems that physical attraction is often a byproduct of a concrete and strong companionship.

Although not all friendships turn into a relationship, it’s very important to connect on a friendship basis, before diving into a relationship.

Excitement and passion There is excitement and desire to please the other person when a mutual trust, respect and tolerance for each other is created from a friendship.

There is an element of romance and attraction that is absent in casual sex when you come into it with more feelings and emotions attached to the person.

Women tend to crave security and with a mutual trust and understanding, a relationship built from a friendship has much better odds of lasting and will therefore comfort her.7.

You’re good for the long haul Although sexual attraction is very important to a relationship, unfortunately that drive biologically fades and you are left with more time spent out of the bedroom.

When your goal is to please each other you tend to enjoy your time together more which helps solidify a strong, healthy bond.6.

Better odds As we live in a time when many relationships seem doomed to end in a dosi-do of partner swapping, few of us hold out much hope of ever celebrating a golden wedding anniversary.

Solid foundation with no strings attached When you work to be friends, there is great understanding of each other’s needs and desires.