If you think the person you are with is The One, make sure you and your partner are not only on the same page, but that you have what it takes to go the distance. Here’s how to know for sure.
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Communication is key
Whether it's a tough topic, small issues or problems you're having with one another, you need to know that you don't have to walk on eggshells to hash it out. According to psychologist Luis Rubén de Borbón, a "willingness to fight" for your relationship sets it apart from any other partnership you've had in the past. Nothing should be off limits and it's important that you each know you can talk about anything and everything. When real talk doesn't happen, it can be one of 10 ways to accidentally ruin your relationship.
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You’re totally connected
From finishing each other's sentences and inside jokes that make sense to only the two of you, to texting back promptly or just listening when the other needs to rant, you're there for one another in a way that no one else is. It's a sign of trust, intimacy and just an undeniable emotional connection.
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You value each other
The love stuff is obvious, but you find comfort, safety and ease in your partner and make sure they know the feeling is mutual. And, if you're thinking about taking the next step, simply follow the rules for a happy marriage, and you'll be all set.
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There’s respect — even during bad times
You might argue or disagree, but you would never go there. You know, that point of no return where you say or do something you regret and it only goes downhill from there. The key to a successful relationship relies on multiple factors and it's one of the biggest commitment signals you should look out for, according to this study.
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You fight fair
That last point is perhaps not totally realistic because, let's face it, all couples fight. But it's how you fight that sets the tone. If you keep it clean, don't resort to name-calling and talk or even yell it out, as long as you both come out of it in the end and things are resolved (or as resolved as possible), then you'll be OK. You might even be laughing when it's all done.
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You accept that neither of you are perfect
No one's perfect. As long as you can get past that and realize you still love her despite her snoring and incessant need to pause a show during a critical scene because she needs to understand what's going on, or he leaves milk bag tips lying around and sometimes misses the hamper, then you'll both be better for it. It's part of the science behind a happy and healthy relationship, according to this expert take.
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You two are a team
Whether it's a new sofa, what restaurant you're going to, or where your next vacation will be, you make decisions as a team, or at least agree if the other is super-passionate about something. Successful couples work well together. In fact, there are certain things happy couples do every morning.
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You don’t hate their family
Not only are you preparing for a future with her but her family as well. It might not seem like a deal-breaker but it helps immensely if you get along with your soon-to-be in-laws, your person's siblings, and their friends. Ensuring they mix nicely is just one thing that will put your relationship to the test. But it's important, because those family relationships can save you from a lifetime of stress.
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You don’t think marriage will solve everything
The two of you want to get married because you love each other, not because one of you thinks exchanging vows will fill some void or make you happier. You each need to be happy as individuals to make a happy marriage.
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You express your love often
Saying those three little words, paying your partner a compliment, or simply showing your appreciation are all things that show just how much you love your person. If you can't imagine a future without them, you're ready to go the next step... and waltz down that aisle, if that's what you both want.