Getting into a new relationship? Check out these 20 green flags people shared based on their experience

Getting into a new relationship? Check out these 20 green flags people shared based on their experience
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It is impossible to not smile all day long when you are in love with someone. There is never a day that goes by when you don't think of them and you always have the urge to meet them every day. This is the honeymoon phase of your relationship wherein your serotonin level spikes and the excitement of being in love overpowers your body, which blinds you from noticing the red flags and blurs your judgment.

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While it's important to notice the red flags in a relationship, noticing 'green flags' will help you identify a loving partner. Here we discuss 20 green flags that people said they notice in their partners that lead to happy, healthy, and fulfilling relationships. These answers were in response to a Reddit user's question: "Those in happy, healthy, and fulfilling relationships, what were the 'green flags' you noticed about your partner early on in your relationship with them?"

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Easy to talk to

"It was instantly easy to talk to her. I never felt like I had to put on a show for her because she never did with me, and she actively affirmed me in that. She immediately blew every standard I thought was high enough out of the water," meltingfrog says. Several Redditors seemed to agree with the statement.

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Small gestures

"Evaluating my needs, something as simple as offering me some of their water after getting it for themselves," said u/Yivo9. Vishal noted in response that it's the small gestures we do every day that matter.

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Being respectful of boundaries

"I hate being tickled, but am very ticklish. She discovered it early in the relationship, and I asked her once to not tickle me. She has never tickled me again in the following 10 years. Just shows respect," sir_Loin-steak said.

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Someone responded in agreement, "A fellow ticklish person here. This is a huge deal to me. My husband was the same way. I love that he won’t tickle me because I asked him never to just the one time, when we started dating."

A caring person

"I have an autistic sister. She's currently 20 with the mental capacity of a three-year-old. Not everyone knows how to handle that. Well, 4 years ago when my girlfriend met my family, the two immediately became best friends. My girlfriend has always cared so much for my sister and would even sit with her while I wasn't home so my mom could go have a life for herself. To this day, my sister smiles and laughs like a mad man when she sees my girlfriend. I don't know how much information she can retain but they've always loved each other, and I think my gf has had a huge impact on her life" - u/noahlantz 

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Lets me be who I am

"She isn't afraid to have a different opinion than mine, but she always hears me out and she ALWAYS supports me. Every time I phrase something about myself in a negative way, she reframes it for me in a different light, and more often than not it pulls me out of a dark mood. In my previous relationship, I felt awfully critiqued for just being the person I was, and that critique would often make me feel guilty for not meeting the standards set for me by my SO. Now that I've got a partner who celebrates who I am, I realize all along that I've been holding myself back from just doing what makes me happy" - u/djkmart 

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Helped me grow as a person

"He enabled me to face my fears, not by pushing me but by being the ultimate "safe space" and enabling me to take emotional risks and grow mentally. Right from the beginning, I could trust him totally. I never once checked on him, worried about him cheating, or felt that jealous uncertain churning in my stomach. This was very new for me at the time and hasn't changed. After 20 years of marriage, he still accepts me 100% yet makes me want to be a better person. Plus he's funny AF. Like can't breathe, weak with laughter funny. Genuinely incredibly grateful all the time that we found each other when we did (early 20s) and we get to spend so much of our lives together" - u/sometimesnowing 

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Ability to communicate openly

"Being able to discuss anything, even flaws, without them/me getting mad. Communication is the most important thing in a healthy relationship. (Love is just as important though, I guess)" - u/Todbringe98  

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Never been condescending to me

"My partner never made fun of me or acted condescending when I didn't know something. They were also humble when it came to gaps in their knowledge too" - u/furstrated_away8 

Never pretends to know things he doesn't

"My fiancé is extremely intelligent. He has two STEM degrees, a very successful smart-person career, his memory is stellar, and he’s able to digest new information at lightning speed. I’m intellectually average, and a lifelong heavy reader with an English degree. He’s never once made me feel stupid for not knowing or understanding something, which is lovely, but what gets me, even more, is his absolute comfort with the gaps in his own knowledge. He never pretends to know things he doesn’t, and he’s not self-conscious about it. His face absolutely lights up every time someone uses an unfamiliar word. He takes such obvious pleasure in learning. It’s an admirable trait and was an early sign that he was somebody I wanted to spend a lot of time with" - u/address_unknown 

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Wants to build something with me

"We'd been dating for about a month, one day out of the blue he turns to me and goes, "I could take apart and clean the drain pipes under your sink if you want. I noticed the sink is a bit slow to empty". Completely unprompted. That's when I knew he's a man who wants to build something with me" - u/Jane9812

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Accepting situations

"I grew up in an angry, volatile home. Anything could make the “adults” snap and go on a rampage. When my then-boyfriend, now husband, and I came home to find a major leak in the bedroom ceiling, which had leaked all over the bed and caused significant damage, he just flatly said, “Well, sh*t.” And called the building manager. No screaming, no throwing things, no blaming anyone, just a calm acceptance and then action to rectify the problem. We’re going on 16 years married and 20 years together. I’m sorry so many people had similar experiences to mine growing up. Can’t reply to all the messages, but digital hugs for you all! It can and does get better, but you’ve got to work on yourself too. Otherwise, you just repeat the patterns which were modeled for you" - u/Chockbox 

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No complaints about my spouse

"When the others ladies at my workplace were airing their complaints about their spouses, I couldn't think of a single thing to contribute to the conversation" - u/ecmc
 
"I had the same issue at work. All the guys in the plant were bitching about their wives and I'm just like "Well, when I get home I'm going to make her dinner, and then we're going to watch sh*tty action movies while cuddling on the couch until bedtime." I can't imagine a life where I know that my wife makes me miserable and we both know I make her miserable and we don't change anything" - u/GobertIsMyDaddy 

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Doesn't badmouth you

"It always makes me uncomfortable to listen to other guys, mostly older guys, complain about their wives and how annoying/controlling/whatever they are. Life is crazy and unpredictable, and if someone agrees to share their life with you long-term I think that's beautiful, and you shouldn't go around bad-mouthing your spouse to other people. Speaking of flags, it's a big red flag when I see somebody do that. I had a coworker at my last job who always went out of his way to complain about his wife to the rest of us and it made us super uncomfortable" - u/benetgladwin

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Kind and inclusive

"Before my wife and I were dating, I very quickly noticed that she always invited the loners to join in the conversation. If she noticed someone we knew sitting alone she'd always extended an invitation to join or ask their opinion" - u/Countertouristswin

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There for me

"He drove 2 hours on his birthday to pick me up when my mom abandoned me in a parking lot, brought me home, and sat with me while my parents and I tried to talk things over. My stepfather started screaming obscenities at me for no real reason, he helped me pack everything I owned in his truck and I moved in that night. After dating for two months. It's been two years, and we got married last month" - u/jcw10489

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Never hesitated to get married 

"Before my first marriage, I often thought that maybe I should cancel the wedding... and the marriage didn't work out. I never had that thought going into my second marriage. Not one, single time.

That's a pretty hardcore green flag, right there. And obviously, potentially a red flag, too, if you're entertaining a fair amount of doubt prior to a wedding" - Reddit

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Little things in life

"It's the little things, really. Like he will always respond and pay attention to me when I called his name, even if it's for mundane stuff like me wanting to point out there's a snail on the pavement" - Reddit  

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Paying attention

"My husband does the same, and I respond when he asks for my attention as well. This thing has actually been found to be not as little as we’d think. John Gottman’s relationship research discovered that newly-weds who were happily married 6 years after their study “turned towards” bids for connection 86% of the time, while those who had divorced by 6 years only did so 33% of the time" - u/Kazaba

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Accepted me for who I am

"I have Crohn's disease and was always kinda shame to be with someone even if it was just for a night. When I start dating her, I thought I won the lottery, with zero fear of what she would think because she was always so good to me and supportive, even in the bathroom hahaha. Best girlfriend ever" - u/Cigbraz

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Cool about periods

"The first time we had sex I got my period and didn’t realize it until we were done and I went to the bathroom to pee. It wasn’t a ton of blood but I know it was enough to have gotten on him and the sheet. I walked out of the bathroom and he was standing in the doorway of the room and said something like, “is everything okay? Did you get your period or something?” And then we both smiled big and started cracking up and he was totally cool and sweet. The next morning he invited me to go sheet shopping with him because he “needed new ones anyway and wants me to like the ones he picks”. That was about 9 years ago" - Reddit
 
 
 

 

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