So you know red flags, all of the things to watch out for in a relationship, but what about green flags? Green flags are all the things that point toward a good relationship.

 

We’ve all been in a relationship. Maybe good, bad or somewhere in between. There are always signs you didn’t see that tell you now what you want to know later. This article will discuss some of those green flags that all genders display in a relationship that lets you know that she is right for you.– What Kind of Green Flags Appear in Relationships?

 

We often get so caught up in the red flags of a relationship that we tend to forget about all the green flags that accompany healthy, happy partnerships.

 

But it’s important to remember them, because these green flags are what can keep a relationship going and growing for years.

 

So let’s talk about 10 green flags in a relationship and why they’re important.

 

  1. You both want the same thing

 

This is the biggest green flag there is: You both want exactly the same thing. You both want a serious relationship (as opposed to casual dating) with each other. If you do, then there’s really nothing standing in your way as long as you keep moving forward together, right?

 

  1. Your partner always keeps their word

 

A lot of people make small promises that they don’t keep all the time but they don’t do it intentionally and they don’t do it to be malicious towards their partners. A true green flag is when you know that your partner will always do what they say they will, no matter the circumstances. You already know that if you ever have to rely on them, they’ll be there for you 100% of the time no matter what.

 

  1. You Can Be Yourself

 

I realize that this is the first thing on the list, but it's really important. If you're not able to be yourself around someone, then that's a red flag and you should probably stop reading this list. When you begin dating someone new, you should be able to bring the real you to the table; otherwise, what's the point?

 

  1. Your Partner Is Attentive

 

Most of us have been in relationships where we were always trying to get our partner's attention, or when we were in a fight and they had their phone out texting other people. Being attentive means being there when your partner needs you most — emotionally and physically. It means putting your phone down when they're talking to you and giving them your undivided attention (or at least pretending like you are).

 

  1. They Listen To You

 

Like I said above, being attentive is a big deal in a relationship — but so is listening! This goes beyond just hearing what your partner has to say and goes right into actionable listening, where you actually do something with what your partner has told you. Whether it's about work or about something that happened between you two, truly listening shows that your partner cares about what is important to you.

 

  1. Their friends are good people you can see yourself getting along with as well.

 

You look at their friends and know indirectly that they would be the one for you. You have the same interests and wants in life as them. You are just able to connect on so many levels that it almost feels like they can read your mind. The couple will talk to each other on a level that the rest of us will never understand. They will share secrets, hopes, dreams and everything in between with each other. 

 

  1. You're both comfortable talking about your exes (and you don't feel threatened by that).

 

You're both comfortable talking about your exes (and you don't feel threatened by that).

 

You can tell a lot about the way someone will treat you by the way they talk about their past partners. If they're constantly negative, then you may be dating someone who has some serious anger issues.

 

You don't have to love all your partners' ex-partners, but if you can't stand them, it might be because of your own insecurities. It's normal to worry if someone breaks up with you — it means you weren't right for each other. But that doesn't mean there was anything wrong with either of you. If you can't see your partner's ex-partner as a human being, then that probably says more about you than them.

 

  1. They let you be yourself, even if that means being weird sometimes.

 

If you find yourself in a relationship with someone who tries to dictate your behavior or manipulates your emotions, that's a red flag. But if you're with someone who accepts you as is — quirks and all — that's one of the green flags of true compatibility.

 

“A good partner will allow you to be yourself, even if that means being weird sometimes,” says Susan Trombetti, matchmaker and CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking. “When you're with someone who likes you for who you really are, it's very freeing.”

 

If your partner encourages you to do things that aren't quite your style, that might not be such a bad thing. But if they try to make you act differently than how you normally behave, that's a serious problem.

 

According to Trombetti, this can be especially important for couples with different backgrounds. For example, if one person is from a more conservative family but the other is more outgoing and liberal, it's important for both partners to accept each other's differences.

 

  1. You both want the same things in life — or at least want some of the same things enough to compromise on others.

 

While it’s good to have a life of your own, it’s also important to be on the same page with your partner about things like wanting kids, moving to a new city or buying a house.

 

This doesn’t mean you both have to want the same exact things — it just means you should both be in agreement on some of the big stuff.

 

If you don’t want kids but your partner does and you can’t find a happy compromise, that could cause problems down the road. On the other hand, if you both want kids but disagree on how many, that’s something you can work out together.

 

Sometimes couples stay in unhealthy relationships for years because they don’t want to hurt each other. This is especially true if they’ve been together for a long time and have shared experiences together.

 

But if the relationship isn’t bringing out the best in either of them and is causing them more harm than good, it might be time to end it — even if you’ve been together for a long time.

 

10.They respect your opinions and aren't afraid to disagree with you in a healthy way

 

People think that in the honeymoon stage of a relationship, everyone gets along all the time. But if you know you're with the person you want to be with forever, fighting is a green flag.

 

When you first start seeing a new partner, everything seems perfect. They bring you flowers, cook for you and surprise you with your favorite dessert. You get along so well and don't have any arguments. Everything is great… right?

 

Well, there's something to be said about couples who respect each other enough to disagree or argue. You may think that arguing is a bad thing, but it's actually not — it means that your partner sees you as an equal and they aren't afraid to speak their mind even when they disagree with yours.

 

So, in the end, why have we come up with such a list? Can these really tell us whether or not a relationship is going to work out? We believe that these are all important factors. If you’re aware of them and manage to find someone that has most of these in common, then you should be optimistic about your partnership. 

 

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