When I was a dating blogger, I got an average of 3 to 5 emails a day from desperate lovers, or lovers to-be, asking for advice on what they considered to be a good relationship. Most of the time they were no where near a good relationship, so much so I had to write an entire book to guide them out. But really, what is a good relationship? Is it sex, candy and flowers or is it love, whisky and music? Everyone has a different definition of what a good relationship is and though I built my rep as a dating blogger based on pointing out what a good relationship isn’t, I think it’s safe to say that if you spot most of these 28 signs, you’re on the right path. At the very least, you’re not in a shit one.. But that’s all I can promise you.
30 signs you’re in a good relationship
Laughter is a good indicator that you’re having a good time. You know when people list qualities in an ‘ideal mate’? Sense of humor is a must. Lightens things up when things get awkward, tense or just too stressful. Make sure you’re laughing.
You feel at ease
There is something to be said about the mask we wear on the first few dates with someone. At some point, however, that mask needs to come off and you need to feel comfortable at each other’s side. If you’re always on your toes or tip toeing around how you feel, reevaluate.
It makes you strive to be a better person
A good relationship has the tendency to make you want to be a better person – period. It shows you care about your partner enough to want to be the gem of a mate they deserve.
You actually become a better person
Then after a while of striving for improvement, you realize you have actually begun improving. Feels good not to be a drunken hot mess anymore, doesn’t it? Falling in love has the tendency to bring out the best in people. Remember, I’m talking about a good relationship, not a toxic-I’m-obsessed-with-you-but-I’ll-call-it-love relationship.
You only cry a couple of times a year
Listen here, anyone who tells you crying is never the answer is full of shit and most likely has party-o-one cry sessions in the shower on a daily basis. Crying is good for you – in moderation. When you’re in a good relationship, sometimes situations make you question yourself and that can be scary. And when you’re in love with someone and they hold the keys to that sappy heart of yours, it’s very likely that though they may never mean to stomp on it, they’ll occasionally trip and bang their head against it.
You can wear your old, baggy, laundry day clothes around the house
Long gone are the days that you put on your cutest, laciest and most see through panties and tank top and say, “This old thing? I walk around the house like this all the time!” A good relationship is one where you can say, “Yo. It’s laundry day. Actually, no it’s not.. I just feel bloated and really feel the need to cover my belly.”
But you still want to dress up every now and then
But a good relationship also means you’re still putting in the effort when it’s deserved. A night out means sweatpants, side ponytails and smeared eye liner from the night before are not allowed. The occasional, “Let’s go to the movies in our pajamas” is definitely an exception.
You can share friends
The whole social thing is an important thing to do together. If you’re in a good relationship, you can go out and share friends and actually have real fun doing it. It’s a great thing to see your partner socialize and interact without you holding their hand, and sharing friends gives you the comfort of enjoying yourselves, no pressure, together.
But still have your own
More important than sharing friends is having your own group of friends who know you, love you, and can completely, subjectively, give you the advice you need. They’re also there to take you out and remind you that you’re a thriving individual outside of the relationship.
You support each other
A good relationship is marked by mutual support. After the initial honeymoon phase, your lives settle and your individual lives should continue to blossom on their own. It’s important that your partner supports you and believes in you when venturing out on your own.
You’re not a bad influence and/or vice versa
You could be head over heels for each other but if one of you brings the other down – emotionally or with a change in lifestyle – then mark my words, it’s not a good relationship and it’s not going last. Don’t be the shit who corrupts someone for your own benefit. Not only do even the most solid of marriages crumble and end, leaving your now corrupted ex-partner out on the streets with a half-fucked life, but it’s just a shit thing to do.
You can go to sleep at separate times
This says, “Hey. You’re a morning person and I’m not.. but we’re still soul mates.” Couples in a good relationship can go to sleep at separate times and still wake up together, physically and metaphorically. As nice as winding down together may be for you, it may be his only quiet time of the day… give him that.