"Being close with another couple and watching how they manage their ups and downs is a role model for how you can manage your ups and downs," Greif says.
And, it can enhance your relationship with your partner, Deal says. "Some couples said, 'When I see my husband or wife with other people, it really makes me appreciate them in a different way. I see how charming or thoughtful they are or what a sparkling conversationalist they are.' It makes them feel very positive about their partner," she says."
I agree too--in fact, well before there was a relationship with Xing Fu, I talked to BFF(A) about her marriage & how she navigated the rough spots quite a lot. I think I've learned a lot from her as well as from BFF(J). It is a good thing that we do enjoy each others' company as much as we do & that Xing Fu fits right in because BFF(J), BFF(A), myself, & their spouses have spent a great deal of time together over the years & it would be a shame if everyone didn't get along. Case in point, we had a blast with BFF(J) & hubby last weekend when we all went bowling. It is nice to have those relationships & finding couple friends as I've heard is notoriously difficult. So raise a glass to your close couple friends because they will help you with your own relationship (and watch how they do cheers).