Sometimes, a person goes on a date and knows straight away that it’s the person they’re meant to be with. While the science behind ‘love at first sight’ is a little bit shaky, there’s no doubt that it’s a powerful indicator. There have been plenty of couples who went on a single date and ended up spending the rest of their lives together.
Still, for most people, that’s not the case. They need to build up to that level. They say the first six months of dating are just about figuring out what’s wrong with the other person. If you make it through that stage and you’re still crazy for them, then it could be the real deal. Below, we’ll look at some signs and steps for taking it to the next level.
What Your Friends and Family Say
It’s easy to fall into comfort when you’re in a relationship. It can be difficult to get perspective. While your friends and family members shouldn’t tell you to end things, if they’re saying that you seem happy with your partner and that you work well together, then it’s worthwhile listening to them. Having the approval of your friends and family can be highly valuable, especially if you’re close to them.
Moving In Together
It’s one thing to see each other a few times a week. It’s another thing entirely to live in the same house. It’s highly recommended that you move slowly before deciding to move in together since it’s one of those things that can get pretty complicated if it’s not managed correctly. It’s not exactly easy to move out. However, you might absolutely love living together, at which point you’ll know that it was the right decision.
Getting married is the next logical step after you’ve proven that you live together well. However, this is, of course, even more serious than moving in together. Experts say that it’s best to date for at least a couple of years before deciding to get married, but there’s no hard and fast rule. If both you and your partner can’t imagine being with anyone else, then it’ll be time to start looking at wedding rings and taking the next step. Plus, you’ll get to have a big party with all your friends and family, and that can be a whole lot of fun.
Thinking About Children
From there, you’ll think about having children. You’ll have discussed this before you decided to get married, but now that you’re hitched, you’ll have the opportunity to make it a reality. If you’re waiting for the perfect time to become pregnant, then forget it — there’s no such thing as the perfect time. If you’re settled, financially sound, and ready to begin this next phase of your life, then you’ll be ready.
Finding What Works For You
Keep in mind that the above tips are only guidelines. Every relationship is different, so it’s best to figure out what works best for you and your partner. If you’re both happy, then that’s all that matters.