Speaking about your potential future together will hopefully strengthen your bond.

It can take even longer with friends, as expectations are higher and fear of losing a friend is great. She had a few reasons, none of which I found valid. ” It’s definitely a hard question to get out of your mouth, but asking it may bring surprising answers and a closer bond, especially if the person being asked can feel you are genuine and sincere. Reassure your partner that you want this relationship.

Although there isn’t one “right” way to make the transition, here are 7 tips to go from friend to “in a relationship.” 1. A client of mine told me that she was planning to set her guy friend up with a girlfriend of hers. I helped script the following message which she sent to him: “I have a crazy question for you. Since you started out as friends your level of trust and open communication should be more developed.

I know that I was going to set you up with Katy but I was wondering if you would like to grab a coffee with me at some point. If not, no worries and I’ll for sure set you up with Katy. You probably already have the foundation for speaking openly and honestly with each other, but since you are in a relationship now, both parties are likely to be vulnerable and afraid of being hurt or losing a friend.

Do one thing weekly that shows you care more than just a friend.

We’d often message the other person to see what they were doing or tell them that we were thinking of them.

As a married couple, since we’re together all the time, we set up date nights and say sweet things to each other in person, so texting is mostly used to confirm logistics or share random thoughts.

I took a look at all of our text messages from our first year of dating and compared them with our text messages from the past year as an engaged couple and then newlyweds.

I started by looking at the words we used in our text messages six years ago versus present day.

Tell them that you are glad you took the next step and are now dating. You likely know a lot about your friend’s past and also about who they are now.