Whether you like the idea or not, spending time with happy couples is inevitable. One of them could be your best friend or sibling, that's why you couldn't escape the third wheel zone. Don't worry, you're not alone because we've all been there and done that, even the couple that you're hanging out with right now has been in that place before.
Some might describe it as a tragic thing to experience, but in all honesty, it's not really so bad. Just think of all the good things that come with being friends with two happy and matured people, it's possible that they'll rub their luck on you! But if you're still struggling at being a third wheel, here are some tips that you could help you out!
1. Accept your position.
Before you even go out with the couple, you must first establish your position to yourself; you're going to be a third wheel. And if you're uncomfortable with the idea of going out with them, then don't. Let them know because we're sure that they wouldn't hold it against you. But if you're okay with being the third wheel, then go forth because three is always a crowd!
2. Be friends with both of them.
It might be awkward to go out with your friend and their significant other especially if this is the first time you're going out with them together. Although it's easier to just talk to your friend and ignore their partner, it's best if you interact with and get to know their S.O. as well. Don't favor one over the other. Otherwise, you're going to make a bad harmony between the both of them, and we know that you don't want that! Not letting anyone feel out of place will not only make you a good third wheel, but also a new-found friend to their partner.
3. Don't be bitter.
Don't mope around and feel bad for yourself because you're single. Instead, consider this as a fun date. Remember, being single and a third wheel has its perks, too! Just imagine all the free food you would get! Plus, you're going to have a free photographer, too, since after taking their picture, they would also offer to take one of you. Grab this chance because you won't be a third wheel forever!
4. Don't make things awkward.
Sometimes, they can't help but be sweet in front of you or throw some PDA moments. It's normal to be awkward at first. But once you feel comfortable with them, you can easily tease them or even take selfies with them!
5. Give them space.
The couple won't say this out loud because this is something every prepared third wheel knows. This usually happens when you're a third wheel in an out of town trip, there would be subtle signs that they will show when they need their space. Don't take this the wrong way, they still want to be with you, but they need their alone time, too. To be more prepared, just pack your favorite book or search around the city where you can stay for the mean time while they do their thing!
In the end, the best way to be a perfect third wheel is a third wheel who doesn't mind being one. There are advantages and disadvantages, but there's really nothing wrong with being one. If you know how to have fun, then you're going to be fine whoever you're with! That's why take this as a privilege to not only enjoy the company of two, but also learn how to be in a relationship while you're still single.
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