When you get into a new relationship, it’s easy to see your future prospects as a couple through rose-tinted glasses. You’re still in the honeymoon period and everything is great between you, so how could anything ever go wrong? If you’re lucky, maybe you will go the distance. However, if you don’t fancy taking your chances and want a more solidified outlook, here are some signs your relationship will last long-term.
You show up for one another without question.
It doesn’t matter what else you’ve got going on in your life – if your partner needs you, you’re there. Life is going to throw some crazy stuff at you from time to time and you need to be able to rely on your partner to be by your side to support and uplift you when you need them. If you feel assured of this, this is one of the biggest signs your relationship will last.
You can truly be yourselves when you’re together.
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re walking on eggshells around someone or that you have to pretend to be someone you’re not just to make them happy. That’s a recipe for resentment and disaster for sure. However, in a healthy long-term relationship, you can be totally yourself and know that you’ll be accepted and loved.
You know how to talk things out.
If your relationship is going to last, you have to be able to communicate effectively and read the signs that there are issues so you can work on them. If you’re passive-aggressive, cruel, or think denying issues is going to make them go away, it’s never going to work out. You’ve heard a million times that communication is key and that couldn’t be more true. Learn how to work on problems together and combat them before they become bigger than necessary.
You give each other room to be and grow.
The longer you’re together, the more likely it is that you and your partner will evolve as human beings. You have to be willing to allow each other to become different versions of yourself and learn how to love those other versions. Obviously, no one wants to feel like they’re in a relationship with a stranger, but the natural ebbs and flows of life should be respected and even encouraged if your relationship is going to last.
You’re consistent with each other.
A big key to success in love is being consistent. That means living up to your word and behaving the same from one day to the next. You don’t suddenly go hot and cold and you’re not wishy-washy with your feelings. Instead, you’re even-keeled, becoming someone your partner can rely and depend on, and they offer you the same thing in return.
You’re one another’s biggest fans.
One of the biggest perks of being coupled up is having your own personal cheerleader right by your side. You know you’ll go the distance if you’re truly one another’s biggest fans, always there to encourage each other’s dreams and cheer each other on as you go about accomplishing them.
You share very similar values and life goals.
Another of the biggest and most important signs that your relationship will last is knowing that you want the same things in life and believe in the same general principles about the world. While it’s totally fine to have differing opinions on the little things, you’ll need to agree on the big stuff if you want to stand a chance.
You love trying new things together.
Life is going to get boring sometimes – that’s just how it goes. However, having a shared sense of adventure can go a long way in keeping things new and exciting and allowing your relationship to continue to grow as you strengthen your bond.