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But we don't talk all that often about what defines a happy relationship. You're waiting to feel the toxic stagnant codependency. The truth will come out, and if you're with someone you feel the need to conceal any of this from, he or she probably isn't right. In a good relationship, you quit (or refuse to ever engage in) the one-upmanship. Let any substance or behavior come before the relationship. You bring it up in the moment or sometime in the next 24 hours. Damage property, animals, children or each other during an argument. You don't have to love them, but you should think they are honest and moral and have integrity. Look to the people he or she thinks are good people. You want to prove yourself worthy of his or her confidence. You recognize that this person is going to have to take you as you are, as foolish or charitable (or both) as that may seem to make him or her. Most couples don't instinctively know all of the ways to please each other.