If you are in a relationship or had a relationship before, then you know the sparkles your partner could bring to your life. Kelly Erickson, the owner of VisionPoints The (Small Business!) Experience Designers, shared with us why having a partner makes you happier in life on Quora. What you’ll miss out if you don’t have a girlfriend (or a boyfriend)?

Depends entirely on the girlfriend. Some things you might be missing out on:

  1. Soft smells from her hair, her skin, her extra set of clothes that she leaves in your closet.
  2. Hugs, peekaboo-guess-who, kisses on the back of your neck when you’re hard at work and forgot about the world around you for too long.
  3. Good cooking, or maybe good-morning coffee, or good takeout.
  4. Inspiration, shared jokes, mind-bending middle-of-the-night discussions.
  5. A buddy who’ll hand you a tissue during the sad parts of your favorite movies… you know when Bruce Willis died in that one, you got all choked up, didn’t you?
  6. An enthusiastic fan of your career, your writing, your sense of humor, your (terrible) saxophone playing, your pickup games of basketball on Saturday mornings.
  7. A convert to your football team… at least on the weeks when her favorite team isn’t playing yours.
  8. New music you didn’t know about.
  9. Someone to tell about that new song you just heard… even if it’s kind of cheesy she’ll probably give it a try.
  10. Stories of her life before you.
  11. Someone to brag to, who loves listening to you brag.
  12. Whispered sweet nothings.
  13. A helper when you need a hand.
  14. Someone to help—who shows her appreciation in wild and wonderful ways, like cake when it’s not your birthday.
  15. Tons of new experiences, new places to go, new foods to try, new friends to learn about, new authors and artists to consider, new lingerie to appreciate.
  16. Someone to grow into and grow comfortable with.
  17. Someone to tell secrets to… good ones and bad ones… without judgement.
  18. Tickling.
  19. Teasing.
  20. Phone calls when your boss isn’t within earshot.
  21. Texts when your boss isn’t looking.
  22. A hand to hold, and arms to hold you, when times are tough and you’re not sure you can support your own weight any more.
  23. A perspective very different from your own, but meltingly familiar.
  24. Butterflies in your stomach.
  25. The gentle jealousy of being in a secure relationship with someone who’s a “catch” in your eyes—yet your eyes are the only ones that count to her.
  26. Massages.
  27. Caressing.
  28. French kisses.
  29. Spooning.
  30. Someone to be insanely, animalistically, proud of at all times.
  31. Someone to be insanely, animalistically, protective of at all times.
  32. Someone to be insane and animalistic with. At any time.

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