Have you found "the one"?

Practical tips on how to figure out if this is the real deal.

Have you found "the one"?
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You're dating, it's feeling like more than a situationship, but how do you know if it's the real deal?

Here's some practical tips to try and help you figure it out.

You agree on the big issues

You don’t have to have everything in common but it helps to have some consensus on issues that might be considered a bit of a deal-breaker.

Where does she stand on the issues that matter to you?

You are confident of each other’s love for one another

A relationship doesn’t have to be all over social media for it to be a legitimately great one.

Look for indications of deep emotions that don't feel performative. Try asking her how committed she is to the relationship.

She makes you laugh and the conversation flows

Comfortable silences are good but you want to be with someone that you feel an easy familiarity with - someone who gets you.

There's nothing sexier than laughing together.

You don’t always have to be together 24/7

Doing things together is lovely, but if you don't have interests and activities that are independent then it's easy for things to start to feel a bit stale.

You need to feel confident that your relationship is strong enough that you can spend time apart.

You are 100% your authentic selves around each other

If you think you need to pretend to be someone that you're not for her to find you attractive then you're not in a sustainable relationship.

If you're editing or censoring yourself when you're around her, then you're not letting her see the real you.

Put your whole self on the line when you're together - if she's into that, then she's a keeper.

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