Picture this: You've met the perfect match and you're madly in love. Both of you get along really well and could talk for hours and never get bored. Does that mean you're meant to be? Not exactly. Relationship experts say that money, values, and life goals influence whether you are truly compatible or not.
In order to have a healthy relationship with a good foundation for lasting long-term, you need good communication, attraction, and a whole lot more. Check this list and see if your partner checks off all the boxes:
1. Both of You Have Your Own Interests and Hobbies
One of the hallmarks of a meant-to-be couple is how much they love to be together and love to be apart. Having interests outside your relationship not only allows you to bring something new to the partnership, but also gives you a healthy independence.
There's a wise quote from Osho that goes: "If you love a flower, don't pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation."
2. You Fight and Work it Out
While abuse is never part of a healthy relationship, disagreement is. You will never agree with your partner on everything, but what's important is your openness to listening, understanding, and forgiving. Many married couples will tell you that the most important phrase in a partnership is "I'm sorry."
3. You're Comfortable Sitting with Them in Silence
You know that awkward feeling that you have to fill the silence? That shouldn't be a thing in your relationship. Silence should enrich your relationship and allow you to take a break from coming up with the "right thing to say." If you're truly compatible, both of you should naturally slip into silence and enjoy it just as much as when you're talking.
4. You Laugh at the Same Jokes
True friends are made through great experiences and a sense of humor, and your partner needs to be your best friend. You'll connect better with him or her long-term if you don't take yourself too seriously and find things to laugh about together.
5. You Can Be Yourself Around Them
Being silly and vulnerable is part of being human. You and your other half should accept each other's quirks and not make one another feel ashamed for weak moments. Also, you should never feel like you have to "put on a mask" or become someone different so they will like you.
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