No relationship is perfect, and we have to make some sacrifices when it comes to the big picture sometimes. Still, it’s tough to predict whether or not your partner’s bad quirk or habit will be hard to handle later down the road. Here are a few ways you can tell if your significant other will bring you lifelong happiness.
They always do little things that make you smile.
It may sound a little cheesy, but your partner always manages to make you laugh or smile, even if it’s with small gestures. They still act the same way they did when you were originally dating them, and never really figured the “dating period” was over. That’s someone who’ll treat you like a queen during your entire relationship.
Every life decision involves you.
If they want to move to a different coast for a job change, they factor you in. Same goes for if they want to buy a house or even a car. Decisions that are (technically) individual since you’re not married yet are treated as if they will affect your life too. This person is already seeing you as a keeper and doesn’t want to let you go over a big life decision or purchase.
They respect your decision on things.
Your boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t into changing your mind. If you don’t want to have kids, they respect that. If you prefer tacos at Burger King rather than Taco Bell, they don’t call you out. And, if you’re really into your zodiac sign, they don’t tell you it’s dumb even if they truly feel that way. They know who you are and they’re not out to change you.
They know it’s important to earn a living.
It’s nice to be a creative dreamer, but it’s also good to have savings. People can make any money situation work, and you don’t necessarily need money for happiness. But if you’re wondering if they’re paying their bills in time, there could be issues down the road. If they haven’t learned about financial responsibility by now, they never will.
If you ask them to do something, they’ll actually do it.
Nothing is more annoying than asking your boyfriend or girlfriend to clean up after themselves time and time again. All of us get messy on occasion, but if you keep having to hassle, you’re going to start feeling like you’re their mother. A mature, healthy relationship that’s built to last may include a few occasional reminders, but not daily nags.
You don’t know all that much about their ex.
If you do, that means your significant other is probably still hung up on them. You know they have a history and respect that, but you don’t know how your relationship together is different from their last. And if they happen to still be in touch, you’re always in the know. There’s no shadiness or awkwardness. Your partner is just keeping it real, and focused on the future.
They’re respectful towards your parents.
They may not be calling them Sir or Madam, but they know to treat them differently than with your friends. Obviously, each set of potential in-laws sets the pace, but at least you don’t have to worry about your partner doing or saying something wrong or disrespectful.
They’re already planning future trips with you.
Day-to-day dating can get a little boring or stale. That’s why it’s important to keep things fresh and have fun ideas in mind for the future. If you’re with someone who likes to plan and take notes regarding fun places to go next month or next year, you’re with someone who’s going to make sure you have the best life ever. Even little trips and adventures will be great to reflect on years down the line.
When it comes to a “timeline,” they’re honest.
Nothing is worse than dating someone who says they’ll marry you “someday.” Instead, your partner sits down with you and maps out how things would work best in their eyes. Then, they’d make sure you felt the same way. It may take the spontaneity out of a proposal, but if you both know that you want to get out of grad school before getting hitched, it’ll just make your life so much easier.
They want you to be happy.
They try their hardest to make sure you get what you want — within reason, that is. If you told them you always wanted to travel to Italy, they’d be researching how long it’d take to save up and the best time to go. A forever-partner will always want you to be fulfilled. If you’re not happy, they’re not very happy either.
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