Five signs you’re in a happy, committed relationship

It’s summer, the sun is shining, the birds are singing obnoxiously early and well, it’s a great time to be in love. So I thought I’d share some little observations about being in a long-term relationship. Feel free to add your own in the comment box!

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You don’t second guess each other

You know how to communicate and you’re not left worrying that you’ve offended each other and creating problems that don’t exist. If someone’s upset, the other knows about it and knows exactly how bad the damage is. You also know the exact cooling off time required and when to back right off and try to patch things up later! Basically, you’ve learned how to effectively communicate! Congrats!

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You’re not squeamish

OK, some lines need to be drawn, but for the most part anything goes. You’ve long since accepted that you both have bodily functions and any embarrassing moments don’t faze you anymore. You know all of each other’s weird quirks and habits and you haven’t gone anywhere!

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You don’t need to spend every second together

You’re secure enough to be able to do things independently and not to have to cling. You’ll happily spend time together, but you don’t worry when your other half goes out with their friends and vice versa.

And when you do spend time together you don’t need to fill every silence. OK, so talking is really important, but not having to talk every second of every day is equally important. It’s nice to be able to share a comfortable silence without needing constant reassurance that everything’s fine.

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You feel like family

Not in a gross way, but in that unique, special way that only your long-term partner or spouse can. You feel like you’re simultaneously family and lovers, which is a weird but lovely and secure place to be.

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If people could see you interact in private they’d think you were bonkers

Most couples I know have their weird little in jokes, quirks and routines they’ve perfected over years together. It makes perfect sense to them, but they’d be mortified if anyone could see how they interact when they’re alone! Know what I’m talking about? Good!

I could go on forever but I’d much rather hand over to you guys! What other weird things to do long-term couples do? Leave your own lists in the comment box!

2 Comments on Five signs you’re in a happy, committed relationship

  1. Creative Countryside
    June 10, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    My partner and I read through this nodding along to each point – this is exactly like us! We have SO many quirks too – strange names for each other, silly voices, the list goes on…

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