So, you’ve been in this relationship long enough for you to wonder, are you dating a keeper? Because no one wants to waste their time on someone who will just let them down in the end, right? Professional Matchmaker Linda Prescott shares some surefire signs that your dating life is on the right track and you’ve snagged a good one.

1. They apologise.

A partner is human, but they also admit their wrongdoings and learns from mistakes. When a person holds themselves accountable for their actions and apologises to you, said actions show their integrity and confidence about themselves and the relationship.

2. They resolve conflict rather than finger-points.

Rather than pointing fingers during conflict, a partner chooses to work constructively with you and resolve any issues for the sake of the relationship.

3. They pursue other passions (aside from you).

Rather than pursuing you all the time, a good partner shows passion for things outside their relationship. They are passionate about outside interests, has friends and a schedule that might not always revolve around you. They are clearly confident in where the relationship stands.

4. They are decisive in their actions.

They are assertive in their decision making. Whether they are deciding on a Saturday night date spot or what groceries to buy, they know what they want. Kiss the dreaded “What do you want to do?” conversation goodbye!

5. They show their softer side (with joy).

A man isn’t afraid to show his sensitive side. He is in control of his emotions and clearly expresses his feelings of joy and sadness. He understands revealing such vulnerability speaks to his level of emotional intelligence. A woman can also show their softer and feminine side while still staying strong and independent. If they can bring their wall down with you, that means they are putting all their cards on the table.

Along the same lines, a good partner radiates self-confidence and accepts all of themselves. When they demonstrate self-worth inward and outward, they project this quality to those around them.

6. Their actions follow their words.

A person’s actions are a glimpse into their thoughts and are often a good judge of integrity. They will be there when they say they will. You can count on them in all situations. There is nothing more sexy and soothing than when their actions match their words. It just shouts “KEEPER!”

7. They don’t get jealous.

A small dose of jealousy might be cute, but an overly jealous partner spells trouble. A good partner understands that you chose them over all the other men/women out there. Enough said.

8. They have empathy for you.

Experiencing your entire range of feelings and your emotional state is commonplace for your partner. They show a knack for understanding your perspective and feeling which takes your relationship to a new level.

9. They show respect to you (and others).

Whether they are greeting your parents, best friends, or just hanging out with you, a keeper demonstrates respect towards all parties. While they might not have a lot in common with said parties, they will still make a good-faith effort to get to know them because they are a large part of your life.

10. They act on love.

A good partner lets you know where the relationship stands. They don’t play games. Period.

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