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.
Deep down I knew he already liked me when I made my move.
We were sitting on the bed in his parents' spare room when he kissed me for the first time.
Mo Kurimbokus, a relationship counsellor, says, 'Think of it like foreplay.
All the time you're being friends, you're learning about each other.
The happiness in one country compared with another can be largely explained by six key factors…
[the first]: the proportion of people who say that other people can be trusted…' Ray Pahl, a professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, agrees about the primary importance of trust.
Women in their thirties, who may be thinking about having children, may suddenly be more inclined to see the appeal of a devoted friend.
And often a crisis highlights the strengths of a person and renders them compatible (which is why some widows marry lifelong comrades because they've provided support in the depths of sadness).
He'd even sit with her in the pub and have a couple of warm-up drinks while she waited for a new date to arrive. 'On that day of the wedding, when everyone around me was saying how lovely he was, I suddenly thought they were right.