There are many unique qualities we look for in a partner, some may be a little out there, but there are a couple of basics we need to be ticked off.
Sometimes it's worthwhile to take a moment to stand back and consider whether your partner checks the right boxes.
1. He’s smart
A study from Finland's Hanken School of Economics says that more intelligent men tend to be less likely to cheat. If he’s smart, he’ll know what's good for him!
Similarly, the study also found that the more intellectual males were more likely to marry and stay married.
2. He makes you laugh
It worked for Chandler!
Study shows that a good sense of humour can increase a man's chances of ‘mating success', even if it’s only you in the crowd laughing at his jokes.
3. He actively supports your career
Two-thirds of women's decisions to leave their employment were influenced by their spouses, according to a study published in 2004.
Women in the study also admitted that the spouses did not offer to alter their work schedules or provide childcare assistance.
4. He makes as much effort with your friends and family as you do with his
It can be common for a woman to give up her own social life to fit into her new man's. But it's not so common for a male to do the same when he enters a relationship.
There is research that says young men can find romantic relationships with women are less satisfying than their bromances.
5. He’s emotionally intelligent
Women are more capable to consider their partner’s point of view, so each partner in a relationship must have a level of emotional intelligence.
6. He respects your opinions and listens to what you have to say
According to Dr. John Gottman, author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, a man who rejects the influence of his spouse may be a sign that he struggles with power issues.
7. He’s willing to put the work in
Actively trying to make a relationship work is more important than just base compatibility according to research from the University of Texas.
- study author Dr. Ted Hudson
8. He celebrates your achievements
It's crucial to have a spouse that acknowledges your accomplishments because not only will it make you feel great, but it also make you more satisfied with your overall relationship.
9. He shares your values
You are more likely to handle challenges in the same manner if your personalities are more similar. According to a study, if your values are the same you are more likely to foster better levels of respect between you and your spouse.
Now we’re not saying if your man doesn't meet all nine on this list that you need to dump him right away, but it is something to start thinking about and start working on together.
And if you’re lucky enough to have one that is already nailing all nine, then hold on tight!