Everyone has different needs. They can pertain to communication, affection, sex, space, shared values, or hobbies. The changes you experience in life affect the way you view people in general and in relationships. Things that work for a person in his or her twenties may not work when they turn thirty.
Often the non-traditional relationships prove to be healthy. Those practicing ethical non-monogamy or polyamory have a different view of healthy relationships than monogamous people.
How you define a ‘Successful relationship’ depends on the people involved. Still, here are some early signs of successful bonding between couples.
Signs of a Successful Relationships
1. Open Communication
Those in successful relationships discuss all aspects of life with one another like failure and success. There should be a comfort when discussing issues, occurrences of everyday life, workplace stress, financial concern, and mental health.
There may be differences in opinion but couples listen minus any judgment and they share perspectives. Communication is a two-way street so both should be comfortable voicing their thoughts and concerns without fear of judgment.
2. You Feel Comfortable Being Yourself
During the early relationship stages, people only present their best versions to each other. They will hide aspects that show them as less than perfect in the eyes of their partner.
Once the relationship gets stronger, this compulsion to show only your best side ebbs and you are comfortable showing your weaknesses too. Getting to such a stage means that your bonding is getting stronger and you can now let your guard down. When something bothers you, you speak up instead of staying quiet or only saying the things that you know that the other one will like.
You know that this can be a successful relationship when you can be honest regarding your feelings, knowing the other person listens to you and supports you when you are vulnerable. This bodes well for the future.
3. You Show Up For Each Other Every Time
People in successful relationships do what they say they’re going to do. They call at the promised time, agree to things, and commit to plans. This means that you can depend on one another for both small and big things.
This shows the right frame of mind of the partners. Building trust through the years requires consistency so that the intimacy may grow with both becoming more comfortable and safer with time.
4. You Like Yourself and Your Partner as They Are
Reality forms the basis of successful relationships. A person’s makeup does not change when you win a lottery, move into the house of your dreams, or have a child together.
Never enter a relationship hoping that a person will change later. Remember that nobody is perfect, so it is very important to value and accept each other as you now. Potential is just that: potential.
5. You are Forthcoming About Your Past
While no one wants you to unload all your secrets on the first date, it is natural to open up slowly after getting into a relationship. It becomes easier to own up to mistakes made like having a large debt or struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues.
To be vulnerable and transparent, you need inner strength, courage, and maturity even when you are with your partner. Showing the weaker side of your personality is never easy. This is part of building a lasting relationship that serves you right while navigating the vicissitudes of a life together.
6. You Feel Independent from Your Partner
Even in a relationship, every partner has a separate identity. This includes having some hobbies and interests or friendships outside of the relationship.
As an individual, identifying your needs is easier and you can communicate this to the other person. Working as a team is always possible because the success of an intimate relationship depends on finding the balance between ‘we’ and ‘I’.
7. You Make Decisions Together
One person cannot always be in charge in a relationship. Some decisions require both people to sit down together, such as deciding when to have children or how many. Joint decision-making involves discussing things and listening to the desires and concerns of each person.
8. Your Relationship has Playfulness and Lightness
Make time for spontaneity and fun in a relationship, especially when both of you are in a good mood. Joking and laughing together bodes well for the relationship. Challenges in life may distress and worry you from time to time affecting one or both of you.
Remember that this is just a temporary thing, and it may change the way you behave with each other. Find something to laugh about together. When you can enjoy the lighter moments, this helps to relieve the tension even if just briefly, strengthening relationships when things are going tough.
Successful relationships require communication and appreciation where trust forms the hallmark. It is necessary to keep the identity of the partner separate from your friends.
Even when disagreements are there, resolving the conflict is easier because both partners feel the connection and find satisfaction in the progress of the relationship. Trust and commitment help people navigate issues and they stay together despite any problems.
The possible signs of a healthy relationship include taking some time apart, clear communication, and resolving conflicts.
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