If you've ever been in a long-term relationship, you know that constant bliss is not a real thing. Relationships are like mountain ranges. There will be peaks and valleys, but if you love your partner and you're willing to work at having a healthy relationship, you'll have far more ups than downs.
No relationship is easy, but maintaining a mediocre or moderately happy relationship isn't difficult at all. Healthy relationships require a lot more from each other, but the difference will show in how happy you are with your partner. This is where the benefits of being in a thriving relationship far outweigh one that is simply surviving and going through the motions of love. Here are seven signs that can tell you that your relationship is thriving.
1. Laughing together often.
Laughter is a huge part of any relationship. It's a great sign because an abundance of humor creates a warm and happy atmosphere in a relationship.
2. You try new things as a couple.
Trying new things as a couple shows that you continuously want to create new experiences with your partner. This is a big deal because it helps to keep the relationship feeling fresh.
3. There are attempts to intermingle families.
Intertwining families is a big deal in any relationship. We introduce serious partners to our parents because it shows a deeper level of commitment to the relationship.
4. You are thinking of marriage.
Planning for the future with your partner is one of the best signs that your relationship is headed in the right direction.
5. You say I love you often.
It's easy to overlook how important vocalizing how you feel about your partner is in a long-term relationship. Or course your partner should know how much you care based on your actions, but hearing it often as an added perk.
6. No one else will do.
The combination of how much you love your partner and how well your partner treats you will make them feel irreplaceable to you.
7. Both of you are happy.
It's not uncommon for relationships to become one-sided. Sometimes one partner gets lost in how happy their significant other is, that they forget about themselves.