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Green Flags Offer an Alternative Way of Viewing Relationships

Relationship experts share their signs for a long-lasting relationship.

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Green Flags Offer an Alternative Way of Viewing Relationships

Relationship experts share their signs for a long-lasting relationship.

Green flags, our newest piece of expert-approved dating advice, are signs that a relationship is budding successfully and has hope for the long-term. Many are kicking the habit of ignoring red flags to the curb, and experts share that making this change requires individuals to be self-aware and honest about how their partner makes them feel within the relationship.

As far as dating green flags go, the first one is rather clear and straightforward — like your potential partner should be. You should know exactly how they feel about you, simply “because they tell you.” This shows that they value clarity within the budding relationship.

Respecting others is another important green flag. It’s like going on a first date and paying attention to how they treat the waiter. The ability to be kind and show grace to others, especially without expecting anything in return, is a great green flag to spot in a potential partner.

They also approach emotions and feelings with grace. When having disagreements or simply just having a bad day, they manage their emotions and empathize to allow for conflict resolution.

Sexual compatibility, the shared sexual desires and needs between partners, is admittedly a trickier flag to decipher according to sex researcher Dr. Kristen Mark. However, its importance cannot be ignored. Different people enjoy different things sexually, so complete alignment isn’t necessarily the only sexual green flag. However, compatibility should be considered as it will naturally evolve over time as people change.

Discussing future plans and including loved ones like family are also green flags within a relationship. Not everyone has the greatest relationship with their family, or even gets the most excited about the future, but your partner should show interest in how the budding relationship could affect the future. “By including you in their life, your partner is demonstrating your significance in their life,” Dr. Dana McNeil states.

Lastly, but arguably most importantly, dating coach Dr. Marissa Tunis reports the number one green flag as integrity. Someone who sticks to their word and is honest and true to their values offers consistency and comfort within the relationship.

For more dating advice and trends, read about the rise of virtual reality dating.

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