This one may seem like a no-brainer, but if you find a guy who is generally sweet, don’t take that for granted. Kindness is an amazing quality in a partner and future spouse. In fact, Monica tells us in the long haul, kindness may turn out to be one of the characteristics you appreciate the most in someone you marry because when you go through tough times, their kindness will see you through.
He’s not afraid to say he’s sorry.
If your man is someone who always circles back and apologizes after you two have a fight, it’s a good sign, says Alicia. “When someone does this, it shows that they’re self-reflective, curious and willing to take responsibility for their own missteps,” she explains. Doing this is a key sign that he’s ready for a long-term relationship.
You love them for what’s on the inside.
Have you ever heard the saying “It’s on the inside that counts”? Well, it’s true. If you find yourself attracted to someone because of the way they act and carry themselves instead of just their looks, it’s a good sign. “What’s important is that you share a compatible spirituality, moral code and place value on the same things in life because this ensures that you can grow together and navigate together through life’s inevitable challenges,” says Monica.
You feel really good about yourself when you’re around him.
You don’t want to be with someone who you feel like you can’t be 100% yourself around, that would be exhausting. Monica says you want to be able to show your future husband all of your sides: the good, the bad and the messy. Otherwise, he’ll never know the real you.
He supports your dreams.
Finding someone who is your biggest cheerleader, is a major plus. You want your forever partner to be someone who roots for you, appreciates you and supports all of your dreams, even if that means he has to make a sacrifice or two.
He wants to spend time with you.
When someone cares for you, they will move mountains to be with you. From bringing you coffee in the morning so you can both have a quick moment before you head to work together, to texting you sweet messages in the middle of the day, nothing will stop a man who is in love from finding ways to show you he cares about you. If your partner both takes time out of his busy schedule to do any of those things, it means you’re a priority to him.
He tells you everything.
If you man is someone who shares secrets with you, opens up to you when he’s feeling sad or having a hard day at work, that lets you know that he feels safe with you. He has no walls up and wants you to know everything about him, which makes him a great husband-to-be.
You are friends, first.
Being friends with your partner before you start dating can provide so many benefits. It helps you have a strong foundation that will come in handy over the years. “Friendship fuels the flame of love because it offers the best protection against feeling adversarial toward your spouse despite inevitable disagreements,” Monica tells us.
Conversation flows naturally.
When you’re with your soul mate, you’ll feel like you’ve known them forever. From your first date, onward, your conversations with them will never seem awkward. You’ll just get each other and be able to talk about anything and everything.
He’s all about compromising.
Alicia says finding a partner who is willing to meet in the middle when you two disagree on something is major. A guy who does just that realizes that being flexible and making decisions together is important.
He makes you laugh.
Having a sense of humor in your relationship is super important. “This can really make or break a relationship, especially if you can laugh at yourselves,” Alyssa reveals.
You have fun together.
Being with someone who helps you let loose and helps you embrace your inner child every now and then is essential for having a lasting relationship. “Happy relationships rely far more on how much fun you have as a couple rather than successful conflict resolution,” Monica tell us.
Things aren’t complicated.
When you’re with the right person, things won’t be challenging. Your life will just feel better with them in it and you won’t be able to imagine life without them by your side. There will be a peace you feel when you’re together that will make you feel at ease.
He remembers things.
Having a partner who pays attention to the little things means he really cares. “If you are often surprised by questions he asks you that indicate he was listening to something important you told him a week or two ago, he’s a keeper,’ says Alicia. It lets you know that he cares about things you care about.
You both put effort into the relationship.
There’s nothing worse than being in a one-sided relationship where you feel like the other person doesn’t care as much about it as you do. So if your partner is just as invested as you as you are in him and he constantly puts effort into making your relationship the best it can be, take that as a sign that he’ll do the same when it comes to marriage.
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