It doesn’t matter what kind of person you are or what you do with your life. There’s no denying that we are all social creatures. We all crave for human interaction in one way or another. Some of us will be more sociable than others. Some of us will be more comfortable in intimate relationships than most. But the universal constant is the fact that all human beings are always going to crave for social interactions.
And in our lifetimes, it’s likely that we are going to have that one relationship that is going to mean much more to us than all the rest. And this could be a relationship with just about anyone. It could be with an old childhood friend that you grew up with. It could be with a family member like a sibling or a parent. But more often than not, it could be with a romantic partner with whom you can spend the rest of your life with.
However, there was a recent survey that was conducted by Champneys, a spa and healthcare company. And the findings of this survey might actually shed new light on the matter of soulmates and intimate relationships. In fact, it’s likely that the facts might even surprise you a little bit.
The reason for that is because Champneys found out in their surveys that a vast majority of women actually prefer their best friends more than their actual husbands. To be more specific about it, out of the 1,517 women who participated in the survey, a little more than half of them claimed that they ranked their girl best friends over their husbands when it comes to closeness and comfortability. And the reasons vary for every woman but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s incredibly shocking and surprising.
However, the most popular reason that most women in the survey seemed to agree on was the fact that they felt like they could talk to their best friends about more things than their husbands. These women claimed that there were certain things they could open up to their girlfriends about but could never mention to their husbands. Another popular reason as to why married women felt closer to their best friends was because they found that their girlfriends would serve as better listeners than their spouses. They felt like they were being heard more by their best friends than their husbands.
A bunch of other responses also seemed to suggest that women tend to enjoy the company of their girlfriends a lot more than they do their husbands. At least 39% of these women claim that they laugh a lot more when they’re with their best friends. And another 29% also said that they feel more comfortable about being themselves whenever they’re with their girlfriends. They feel like they aren’t being judged.
On top of that, at least 40 percent of those women claimed that their best friends tend to like more of the same things that they do. And an additional 29% have said that their best friends give better advice than their husbands.
The study has also found that women claimed to be less irritated by their best friends. However, this could also be attributed to the fact that they spend more time with their husbands which thereby increase the chances of irritability and annoyance.
A spokesperson for Champneys explained the following:
“These research findings back up our own sales stats which show that all female group bookings for our spa days and weekend offerings have nearly doubled over the past 12 months.
In fact, our Girly Getaway and ‘Girls Night In’ packages for groups of six or more are amongst the most in-demand packages at Champneys Spa resorts.”
Granted, the Champneys report might be flawed because they usually do market their services to women more than men. The findings might just be a result of targeted marketing. However, the fact still remains that women tend to enjoy bringing their best friends to the spa instead of their partners. And that is something that is very telling. Additionally, a bunch of other studies has confirmed that a majority of women in the world have told their best friends at least two secrets that their spouses know nothing about.
So, if you happen to be a married man who is reading this, always make sure that you put the effort into actually paying attention to your woman. Make sure that she feels heard and appreciated. Make a genuine effort to be her best friend.