Relationships aren’t stagnant things. There’s an ebb and flow to the way they move and evolve. Sometimes it’s all about candlelight dinners in fancy restaurants and other times it’s Chinese takeout in front of the television. While the passion and love shared between two people may be harder to identify for some couples, it doesn’t mean the relationship isn’t a strong one. (You might not think too much of a couple sitting quietly on a bench together, but for that couple it could be a special and enduring moment.) The strongest relationships aren’t about the expensive gifts and dinners anyway. So what are they about? We found some of the traits of a strong relationship the experts says REALLY show that you’ll stand the test of time.
1. You have good communication.
Ask any couple what keeps their relationship strong and the majority will say, communicating. That goes for verbal communication and communication to your partner through your actions. “During times of crises words aren’t always needed, but the communication of empathy through an embrace, a loving caress, or a thoughtful card communicates your love,” says relationship counselor, Patricia Bubash.