You find each other compassionate, smart, attractive, and funny? All good things! But some signs of an amazing relationship are way less obvious…
Do you spoon while you sleep? If so, that’s a good sign: Partners who sleep less than an inch from each other are more likely to have happy relationships than the ones who keep to opposite sides of the bed, according to a recent survey.
According to a recent study, a dude’s good health and upbeat personality could make a relationship better off. It’s one-sided, but it’s an interesting tidbit nonetheless.
You Talk the Same
And we don’t just mean that you can both recite every word of Anchorman. When you use the same function words—such as pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and quantifiers—you have a higher likelihood of getting together and keeping it together, per a recent study.
You’re Hardcore into Making Out
Another great excuse to pucker up: Research shows that lots of kissing equals lots of relationship satisfaction.
You Double Date
If you have a standing Friday night dinner with your couple friends, give yourself a round of applause: Double dating helps build stronger bonds, according to a recent study.
This is a good sign if you have young children—you see, spouses with kids ages four to seven have a better chance of avoiding a split if the woman makes more than the man, per recent research.
You Watch Chick Flicks Together
Do you regularly break out the popcorn and PJs? When partners watch films about relationships together and then chat about what went down, they’re half as likely to break up over the next three years as couples who don’t get their rom-com movie-watching on, per recent research. One point for The Notebook!
A recent study found that newlyweds’ gut feelings are a better indication of what their relationship will look like in the future than self-reported feelings. So if you don’t already, make like Olivia Pope and listen to your gut—if it’s feeling good, your relationship probably is, too.
Regular romps contribute to long and happy marriages, according to a recent study. (They also make you personally happier, per a recent survey.) The lesson? In your household, you should definitely aim to make love (not war).