More research is continuing to show that friendship is the most important quality to have in a romantic relationship. People, who consider their partner as their best friend, are much happier than people who base their relationships on love and passion. The problem with building a relationship on passionate love is that passion fades over time. In most cases, passionate love fades around year two (and people start to look for excitement elsewhere). Relationships based on friendship and compassionate love can last a lifetime. Although putting friendship ahead of passion may not seem all that romantic, doing so, is what makes a romantic relationship work.