Eventually, the person you thought you couldn’t live without becomes the one you decide to spend the rest of your life with. That’s when you know for sure that you entered a relationship with the correct person.
Factors like physical attraction, closeness, and confidence are critical components in a healthy and successful relationship, but they are not everything. Other characteristics are also quite important.
Let’s take a look at 24 ways you can tell that your relationship is destined to last.
How to know your relationship has long-term potential
Let’s look at some signs that your relationship is headed for the long run.
1. You express yourself
The most important thing for a healthy relationship is constant and effective communication. Couples who can freely and truthfully express themselves in their relationships flourish. That means you both can talk about anything and you’ll both feel heard.
Consistent communication is critical for a long-term relationship.
2. You have your own space
Many couples worry that spending time apart means that they will forget about each other and grow apart – but that is hardly the truth.
You don’t have to spend every minute with your partner just because you’re in love. Taking the time to enjoy your passions and friendships keeps your relationship fresh and allows you to grow as people while also evolving as a couple.
3. You fight occasionally
Disagreements are inevitable, so if you’re not having the occasional fight or two, you’re probably holding back and mincing your words. When people in loving relationships disagree, they do so productively and fairly.
That means that you should refrain from calling your partner names or making derogatory remarks. It also means trying to understand what your partner is saying rather than focusing on just winning the argument and feeling better about yourself.
4. You’re happy with yourself and your partner as they are right now
Healthy relationships should be grounded in reality. If you are unhappy, your relationship is unlikely to improve whether you win the jackpot, have a child, or move into your dream home.
Don’t build your relationship on the belief that things will improve if you could have something else or something more.
Your relationship’s success shouldn’t be dependent on how rich you are or how many children you have. Rather, its success depends on how much you love and cherish each other, even when those things are absent.
5. You make decisions as a team
You don’t have complete control over every situation, and neither does your spouse. You make decisions collectively, from what movie to watch to how many children to have, and you respond to each other’s worries and wishes.
Sure, you’ll have to see The Avengers again on Saturday night, but it’ll be your turn on Sunday night.
Making decisions together means you value your partner’s opinion in your life and want them to advise you and support you.
6. You feel happy with one another
Sure, the euphoria of a new relationship settles after a while, but that doesn’t mean the relationship must be boring.
Relationships that are happy and healthy are full of joy and pleasure. This doesn’t mean that you’re deliriously happy all the time or laugh when there is no need to laugh. But this does mean the two of you find the joy of loving in the most mundane of ways.
Your life is enjoyable in the simplest ways – cracking lame jokes, doing grocery shopping together, completing each other’s sentences, etc.
7. You balance each other out
An important aspect of a relationship is balancing each other out. This means that you cover for your partner when they aren’t available and vice versa.
If they’ve had to stay back and work late one day, you become the chef of the house and cook their favorite dish for them. And if you feel particularly sad one day, your partner puts everything else on hold to cheer you up.
That’s how life is. It’s important that in the longrun the way you support each other is balanced.
8. You are considerate of one another
Treating the person you love with care, respect, empathy, and admiration is the ultimate indicator of a healthy relationship. If you find yourself respecting strangers more than your partner, pause for a moment and reconsider your values.
9. You have faith in each other
Successful relationships are based on trust and an unwavering commitment to open and honest communication. This means that neither of you demands to see the other person’s phone or go through their contact list. You trust and have faith that they are being true and honest.
10. You let things go
At times, you will be irritated by your partner, and you’ll irritate them as well. You’ll say things you don’t intend to say, and you will act in an inconsiderate manner. Sometimes that just happens.
What matters is how you cope with everything after these uncomfortable moments with your partner.
It’s easy to want to hold on to these things, especially if your partner really bothered you or did something that hurt you, but in a healthy relationship, it is important to let some things go and to forgive.
11. You’re always there for each other
Your partner understands you’ll commit to a plan if you agree to it and vice versa. You know you can rely on each other for large and small things.
This shows that both of you are in the correct state of mind for a good relationship and are on the same page. Because both of you feel safe and secure, you become consistent, which helps develop trust and deepen the relationship’s intimacy.
12. You find the middle ground
Compromise is another important indicator of mutual, long-term satisfaction. There is more opportunity in a relationship to understand the desires and needs of each individual if both partners are respectful of the other’s contrasting perspectives.
Compromise encourages individuals to listen to one other instead of simply criticizing. When a couple discovers they can both calm down and communicate their ideas, even when they disagree, it indicates that the relationship is successful.
13. You accept that you have differences
No matter how strong your bond is, a healthy relationship requires you to embrace your independence.
It’s important to remember that you’re two separate people, especially when you disagree. This will help you be more empathetic and to notice your partner’s feelings, even if they don’t sound right to you.
Also, bear in mind that you and your partner will have varied experiences and reactions to different situations. You are different people, after all!
14. You schedule weekly check-ins
Check-ins with yourself and your partner can help you see if both of you are on the same page, and reflecting on your sentiments frequently makes it easier to share your opinions constructively.
Take stock of how things are going and ask each other if you’re both feeling loved and cared for. You’ll have a better idea of what’s good and what needs to change in your relationship when you check in with each other.
15. You share similar values, goals, and aspirations
If you and your spouse share similar goals and want your lives to develop in the same ways, then this is a huge sign that you are compatible longterm.
Remember that it is important to regularly talk about what you need from your relationship and life in terms of kids, marriage, careers, and relocation to make sure that you are still expecting the same things from life – and your relationship.
16. You are frequently intimate with one another
It probably comes as no surprise that incompatible sex can put a huge strain on your relationship, and perhaps even lead to a breakup. Physical intimacy can take various forms and includes, but is not limited to, sex.
All kinds of intimacy are important in a long and healthy relationship. Even if you don’t get it on every night, affectionate touching, hand holding, and cuddling help keep the relationship strong.
17. You understand how to communicate in a healthy manner
If you’re dedicated to someone for a long time, you’ll create your own style of communication and problem-solving.
If you and your partner are meant to be together for the long haul, you’ll not only have a unique style of working things out, but you’ll also carefully consider how you communicate with each other and make it a point to do so healthily.
Couples who communicate successfully gain a better understanding of one another and experience more intimacy.
18. You can tell them when you’ve made a mistake
Admitting that you were wrong may feel like stepping on a Lego or biting into a piece of two-year-old fish. It’s not great, especially if you don’t like admitting when you’re wrong.
However, people in a successful relationship will swallow their pride if it means stopping an argument or apologizing to their partner. If you and your partner do this equally and move on swiftly, your relationship is made to last.
19. You don’t ignore warning signs
A long-term relationship means dealing with all aspects of your partner – the good, the bad, the great. If you find yourself wishing to change important aspects of your partner, you’re probably not meant to be together in the long run.
However, if there are no huge red flags –and you’re not just ignoring them – and you can love them unconditionally, you might have something genuine.
20. You are always there for each other
Life doesn’t stop when you start a relationship with someone, you and your partner will undoubtedly have difficulties.
If your partner was able to help you at a difficult moment, it’s a promising indicator that they’ll do so again – and it’s a solid indication of how strong your love is.
If both spouses support and care for each other unconditionally, even if the other suffers sickness, financial troubles, family issues, or has a life-changing situation that creates considerable stress, the relationship will stand the test of time.
21. You love them even when you are angry
Anger causes intense feelings, but if you find yourself attracted to and loving your partner even when you’re enraged, your relationship has a lot of lasting power.
It doesn’t have to happen every time you fight, but you’ll know it’s the truth if you find yourself wanting to talk and be with them afterward.
22. You have healthy competition
In a relationship, both of you should push each other to be the finest versions of yourselves. This doesn’t mean you both must compete for the sake of competition, but if you find your spouse is holding you to all of your promises and assisting you in achieving them, it’s a great sign of a successful relationship.
23. You laugh often
A successful partnership should have lots of laughter.
Life is brief, but if you want to have a long relationship, you should both be able to laugh at each other and joke around. Having a lot of good and lighthearted times together will help you get through the tough times.
When couples laugh together, they develop the kind of intimacy that allows them to persevere in the face of adversity.
24. You can fight without worrying about losing them
Long-term relationships involve a certain degree of fighting – it’s unavoidable. If you fight, it’s a sign of a strong connection.
However, the key to a long-lasting partnership is to let arguments go when you’re done. It’s a positive sign that you and your partner are both dedicated to having a healthy relationship if you both let things go quickly once your disagreement has ended. It’s also important to resist the impulse to bring it up again the next time you’re upset.
If a couple can fight healthily without worrying that it will drive the other away, then the relationship is solid and destined to last long term.
Everyone has a unique manner of showing affection, and everyone needs a unique experience of love. A sign of a healthy and loving relationship is when you and your partner love each other, respect and care for one another, and find happiness in being with one another every day.