It can take a lot of first dates before you find someone you feel compatible enough with to want to continue a meaningful relationship.
However, do you ever worry about whether your current relationship is a good match?
Good relationships have a lot of common qualities — here are a few of the signs you are in a solid relationship with someone who is right for you:
1. You aren’t trying to change your partner.
Do you feel like you love your partner except for one area you’d change? If so, this may not be the right relationship for you.
No one can effectively change anyone else and trying to do so can lead to bitterness or controlling behavior.
When you are in a strong relationship, you are able to accept your partner completely.
2. You make each other better.
At the same time, it’s important to recognize that being in a relationship does change you. The question is, are these changes good or bad?
Do you find that being with your partner makes you drink more, exercise less, and neglect the things that are important to you? Well, you might not be a great match.
But, if your partner exposes you to new things and helps you grow, you can expect this relationship to be enriching and satisfying for you both.
3. You enjoy doing activities together.
Having common interests makes your shared lives more satisfying.
If you find yourself yawning through his antique car shows, you may find that the relationship will get less satisfying over time.
Yet when you have many activities you enjoy together like hiking, watching movies or playing games, you will strengthen your bond.
4. You do things on your own, too.
One hundred percent togetherness is not good for anyone.
When you are in a relationship, you need to maintain your own space, interests and friends. This allows you to nurture your independence and the interests and relationships that you don’t share.
No one can depend on any one person for 100 percent of his/her happiness. It puts too much pressure on the relationship.