No matter how well things are going with your boyfriend, it’s always helpful to take a step back every one in a while to assess where your relationship stands and how you feel. While you shouldn’t go overboard with the analyzing, you should definitely keep an eye out for the following signs, which pretty much guarantee your relationship is on the right track:
You make healthy sacrifices for each other.
You never mind going the extra mile doing something if it would make him happy, and he feels the same. You’ve mastered the art of healthy compromise and you’re both willing to do what it takes to make sure the relationship works.
You’re not afraid to say “no”.
There are times that you have to say “no” — not because you want your partner to feel bad, but because it’s the right thing to do. When you have this freedom in the relationship and you exercise it when the situation calls for it without worrying about how he’s going to react (or overreact), you know you’re with the right person.
He makes you want to be a better version of yourself.
It’s not about changing yourself into someone you’re not just to please and keep him — you know he loves you just as you are, and vice versa. Rather, he constantly inspires and motivates you to improve yourself by saying goodbye to bad habits and learning the good ones.
You feel truly appreciated for the little things.
He always lets you know just how much he appreciates the things you do, big and small, and you do the same for him. Whether it’s washing the dishes or stopping to pick up your favorite ice cream on his way home from work because he knows how hard you’re not afraid to show how grateful you are to be in each other’s lives. Being appreciative even of the little things you do for each other is another positive sign you’re headed to the right path.
Honest AF communication is present and easy.
You’re open and honest AF all the damn time because you know secrets and lies have no place in a relationship that you want to last. You talk about everything, which helps to avoid fights and let you both know where the other stands. These check-ins are vital for a healthy relationship, so if you’re doing it, you’re golden.
You’re patient with each other, even when it’s hard.
Patience is one of the most challenging virtues for couples to develop. It’s hard to live by and it most definitely does not happen overnight. But when you love someone with all your heart, one of the best ways to show it is by being patient with their shortcomings and mistakes. That doesn’t mean you should put up with awful behavior under the guise of being patient, but being able to take a deep breath when you’re frustrated with little things will get you everywhere.
You don’t just have sex — it’s way deeper than that.
You don’t only sleep together just for the sake of getting off for the night. Instead, you seek to give him pleasure as much as he wants to give it to you. You use sex as one of the ways to show how much you mean to each other by keeping one another happy and satisfied in bed.
You’ve discussed a joint future together.
You’ve figured out that your life goals mesh with each other and you’ve made plans for how you want your future together to play out. You see progress with those goals every day, and you know that one day they’ll be reality.
You trust each other not just with your apartment or car keys, but with your life.
Because if you don’t, what’s the point?
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