There are definitely advantages to being in a relationship with someone you love. I have been recently reminded of some of the best reasons to be in a relationship by a number of readers’ emails that came in after I wrote "Best Reasons to Be Single" several months ago. So in the midlifebachelor.com spirit of debating both sides of an issue, below are the official Best Reasons to Be in A Relationship.

1) Being in Love - there really is nothing else like it ... especially when it is fresh and hot.

2) Makes ordinary things extraordinary - there is just some sort of magic associated with being in love, and being in a relationship ... everything just seems better, for some reason.

3) Companionship - you always have someone to hang out and do things with.

4) Sex - well at least for a while. ha ha ha

5) Security - there is a certain mental and emotional security associated with being in a relationship. It just feels good.

6) Honesty - it is great to have someone you can count on to be honest with you. They’ll tell you if your clothes don't match, or if you have a booger on your face, etc. ...

7) Holidays are more fun because you have more family around.

8) Someone to confide in - trust is a key component of any relationship.

9) Ability to work as a team - sort of the "1+1=3" theory which means that the sum (the team) is greater than simply the individual components combined.

10) Two incomes - you can share the bills (unless your partner is a lazy slug)

11) No one tries to set you up on a blind date.

12) You don’t have to sleep alone (unless you are in the doghouse).

13) You can go to a restaurant, and not feel weird about eating alone. Or maybe that's just me???

14) You don’t have to go to bars anymore – unless you want to, of course.

15) You always have someone to go on vacation with.

16) You can have favors done for you like laundry or breakfast, etc.

17) No STDs

18) Always someone to drop you off at the airport. [I hate driving myself to the airport]

19) You have someone to hug and kiss you when you leave/arrive. General intimacy, I suppose.

20) Physical and emotional intimacy. Sure you can still rub one out if you want to. ha ha That was just to make sure you are paying attention here.

Of course, if you are not in a relationship – then you obviously WANT to be in a relationship … because the grass is always greener elsewhere, right? Be sure to check out these other helpful articles on midlifebachelor.com:

* Best Reasons to Be Single

* Ask Midlife Bachelor – especially those shown on the Dating Challenges tab

* Short Articles – especially those in the Dating/Relationships tab

* The Grass is Greener Syndrome in Your Midlife Crisis

If you can think of any other excellent reasons to be in a relationship, let us hear from you!

Author's Bio: 

Gregory Smith is the founder of midlifebachelor.com - a site dedicated to sharing midlife dating tips and advice, especially for those who are recently divorced. The site motto is "Leverage the Midlife Knowledge" - which means users share their own experiences through comments, and also through the Midlife Forum.