No relationship is perfect, but for some people, the relentless pursuit of relationship perfection is a worthy goal to work toward. Recently, men and women met in an online discussion to reveal everything that signifies that you're in the best relationship you've ever had. Couples, take notes!
1. Never Complaining About Them Behind Their Back
Countless people express shock at the number of times other people talk about their partners behind their backs! While some call it "blowing off steam," the practice is disrespectful to the other person since they aren't present to defend themselves. The best couples never talk about each other behind each other's backs.
2. Having Healthy Conversations
Good conversations are gateways to better understanding the intricacies of your partner. If you don't communicate in a healthy manner, you should never expect to grow as a couple. "Healthy relationships are filled with conversations that lead to change and understanding, not arguments based on ego and pain," reveals one woman. "As we all know, communication is key, but the secret is how you communicate."
3. Some, but Not Many, Arguments
Every couple argues; many experts agree that never arguing is a sign of a toxic relationship! However, there is such a thing as too much arguing. If you find yourself constantly at odds with your partner, it's time to take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself, "What can I do to make the relationship better?" Clearly, you're not on the same page with each other.
4. Being Able To Spend Time Apart
I've been in many relationships, and the "worst" were the ones when my girlfriend and I were seemingly connected at the hip! Remember, it's healthy to be apart sometimes. "I just came back from a motorcycle road trip alone, and my partner is having a few days alone in another destination in one week," explains one husband. "We make an effort to go on vacation alone or with our friends because there's one thing we both agree on: We enjoy being together because we have healthy time apart."
5. Respected Boundaries
Setting boundaries is essential to a healthy relationship, but actually respecting those boundaries can take a relationship to the next level! Although many people are divided over the issue of setting boundaries, if both people respect the "rules" of the relationship, they are less likely to have explosive arguments. In a way, respecting boundaries is another form of healthy communication.
6. Not Broadcasting Everything
While your mileage may vary, many successful couples admit they post minimally on social media. This relative sense of anonymity relieves relationships from any extra stress! "Not posting about it all over social media is, in my mind, a sign of a great relationship," confesses one man. "If you don't feel the need to broadcast everything and compete with other couples on Instagram and Facebook, it sounds like you're in a healthy place."
7. Mutual Trust
Many couples credit mutual trust with making them feel safe and secure in their relationships. The relationship is more manageable when both partners know the other will never be unfaithful or lie about things. What's worse than not trusting your girlfriend or boyfriend? Surprisingly, many couples don't trust each other, which boggles my mind!
8. Thinking About Your Partner and Smiling
If the mere thought of your significant other causes you to smile a mile wide, congratulations: You're in a great relationship! So many times when I'm at work, I'll remember that my husband will be home when I get home, and it feels like I get the zoomies," one woman reveals. "We've been married for five years and together for 13, but I still get giddy calling him my husband!"
9. There's Plenty of Laughter
I can't imagine being with someone who doesn't make me laugh or have a great sense of humor. What's the point of a relationship devoid of laughter? Finding someone to share your life with who has a witty viewpoint or is capable of cracking the perfect joke is something many other couples are jealous of.
10. Investing in Each Other's Goals
The most healthy relationships include two people who are equally invested in their partner's goals as their own. Whether the goals are financial, family-related, or emotionally related, the best partners will support each other through thick and thin. One of the best feelings in the world is knowing someone is invested in your future just as much as you are.
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