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Relationship goals: How to tell if you’ve found ‘The One’

Support, appreciation, reliability — it’s the small things that make the biggest difference

Author of the article:

Sarah McKenzie

Publishing date:

Dec 17, 2021  •  December 17, 2021  •  3 minute read

Couple together listening music in cafe smiling

There are butterflies in your stomach, your cheeks flush, and your heart races. After all this time, can this really be true?

You thought you’d found ‘The One’ before — but were wrong. And the heartache that resulted from that? Soul-crushing.

Next time, you promise yourself, will be different. Next time, you’ll be smarter before falling head over heels.

Everything up until now has been preparing you for this moment. You now know what’s really important when it comes to #relationshipgoals. And so far, this new prospect checks all the boxes.

This holiday season, if you think you’ve found ‘The One’ here are four ways to tell if it’s for real.

Box #1: They’re Not Overly Demanding

At the start of a new relationship, you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. All’s right with the world – or yours, at least.

The honeymoon period is so blissful that you don’t ever want it to end. What you do want is to take your time during this stage without the pressure to commit.

The best partnerships are built on trust, not an obligation. You know from the past that when you’re pushed into a relationship you’re not quite ready for yet, it doesn’t work out.

That’s because true love needs time to blossom into something great. If this relationship’s going to last, you want to do it right, which involves taking things slow.

Box #2: They’re Reliable

Need a date for New Year’s Eve? Have a disagreement with a friend? Get a flat tire on the way home from the gym?

No matter what time of day, you need someone you can count on to be there for you. Someone who will celebrate your victories — big or small, provide advice, or just offer a listening ear. Someone who will stick around during the good times and the bad, providing you with whatever you need at that moment.

Sure, you have friends you can lean on when you need to. But there’s just something special about finding someone who can be both your friend and romantic partner.

Passion is easy enough to find. But someone who’s consistently dependable, too? That’s what sets apart the good from the great.

Box #3: They Support You

From first dates to breakups, your family and friends have always been there for you. You value their important role in your life and want a partner who will become that, too.

Your perfect match needs to be an ongoing source of support. Even when they may not fully agree with you, they’ll have your back. They offer compassion, encouragement, and motivation. When you succeed, they’ll be cheering beside you, and when things don’t go your way, they’ll be there to lift you back up.

No matter what, they want what’s best for you. You’ve been around long enough to know that life is hard. The full support of a loving partner can make navigating it that much easier.

Box #4: They’re Appreciative

At the beginning of a relationship, it’s easy to make your partner feel loved. As time goes on, this takes more commitment and effort.

But no matter what, you need a partner who will always show how much they appreciate you. Expressing gratitude in a relationship makes the other person feel valued and never taken for granted. It helps keep that falling-in-love experience alive — even years down the road.

Showing appreciation for each other doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Spending quality time face to face and practicing good communication are both great places to start. Of course, with the holidays just around the corner, a little gift-giving now and then doesn’t hurt, either.

When you’re looking for ‘The One’, you need someone reliable, supportive, appreciative and anything but demanding. That can be tough to find in a romantic relationship. But for your phone plan, finding ‘The One’ just became a lot easier, thanks to PC Mobile.

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This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of PC Mobile.