As they say, laughter is the best medicine. And as it turns out, tickling your partner's funny bone can be the healing a healthy relationship needs and a sure sign you're ready to tie the knot
As adults, we need real signs we're with someone we should marry. So here, our experts divulge five ways to judge you're dating a guy or gal who means married business.
1. You can come back from a fight
It's not a good sign of you bicker nonstop. But, when you engage in an argument, you can each recover and are more open to the other's needs you're in good shape to say "I do. Couples often struggle when their partner goes into a more primitive fight-and-flight response.
If your partner knows how to stay open and present, rather than shut down, then you have good chance of making it through tough times. At the very least, if he or she knows how to call a time out and return later to the conversation, then that is a very good sign.
2. You make one another laugh
It's not just about having fun. Laughter in a relationship is a sign that both people can be vulnerable with one another. If your partner can make fun of himself, that is a huge plus because it's indicative of a person who can truly be vulnerable and has confidence.
3. Your relationship has been (successfully) tested
Any relationship can appear on the road to marriage when it's fresh, shiny, and new. It may appear as though your relationship is ideal. But it is often through personal challenges, heartache, and disappointment that we really see what our romantic relationships are made of.
So if you've stayed together through a tough time and still have a positive outlook, you've been given a sign you're with someone you could marry. Give yourself some time to allow the relationship to withstand some of life's tests before taking the next step.
4. You feel totally comfortable around one another
When our experts say you should feel comfortable with anyone you might see as future spouse, they don't mean you can wear your sweatpants in front of him or her.
When someone is fully comfortable with his or her romantic partner, he or she feels safe, honored, and respected. And with that kind of comfortable transparency, she says, "a person can follow his or her dreams knowing his or her lover will be there.
Even more exciting is the fact that his or her romantic partner in life will be willing to explore their intimate play in the bedroom together without judgment, but while sharing laughter and excitement.
5. Your life goals are aligned
It's a sure sign you shouldn't marry someone if he or she wants different things from life than you do. But if your goals are aligned, our experts say, you may be with someone to whom you could tie the knot.
Two people can date without having the same life vision, but marriage is a completely different story. Does your partner want kids?
How many? How does he or she view money? Are you ready to settle down and he or she is still into the party scene? Having life goals that align with one another makes it more likely that your marriage will succeed.