There’s no way around it…
Relationships are hard. The old adage says, “happy wife, happy life,” but…. it takes two to tango. More often than not, when one spouse reports satisfaction in the relationship, the other does as well.
So, how do you know if you’re in a good relationship or marriage that will last? Here are seven signs that say you are going to ride this one out for the long term:
1. You enjoy spending time together.
You just enjoy each other. You can be engaged in a fiery debate over healthcare, playing a fierce game of rummy, or just sitting in happy silence on a long road trip, listening to your favorite Spotify playlist.
2. You’re best friends.
Your partner is the one you want to call when things are awesome or awful. You have no real secrets because you trust each other implicitly.
3. You can be honest.
When something isn’t working for you, you feel safe talking about your feelings and know that it’ll be resolved one way or another. You’re not afraid to be vulnerable because you feel safe.
4. You have each other’s backs.
You know your spouse thinks the world of you and would go to the ends of the Earth to protect you. This could be with your in-laws, your grown children, the neighbors or even when you want to complain about your boss. S/he takes your side and it feels good.
5. You want the best for each other.
If your spouse’s dream job falls into their lap, you urge him/her to take it because you know s/he needs to do this (even if it means missing the kids’ sporting events Wednesday nights). S/he wants you to have a night out with your besties, complete with drinks, because s/he knows that makes you happy — and s/he’ll take care of the little ones while you’re whooping it up a bit!
6. The relationship is easy.
When I ask new couples why they’re together and the response is, “it’s just easy”, I know they’re headed to the altar. You’re in a good marriage if it’s relatively easy. That doesn’t mean there’s no conflict — it means that you can resolve it pretty easily. All good relationships require work, but it’s not the arduous type of work.
7. You still think s/he’s the cutest person in the room.
When you look at you partner, you feel a sense of comfort and happiness. And a little jolt of electricity because you think s/he’s adorable.
If you nodded your head “yes” to most of these, you should be in it to win it! Squeeze your honey a little tighter today, tell them how great they are and hold on to what you’ve got!
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