It should come as no surprise that people in successful relationships share specific commonalities with other happy couples—which is what sets them apart from the not-so-happy duos after all. The interesting aspect about these common qualities is that they're fairly straightforward and built on basic premises, which seems to take the mystery out of why certain relationships fail. Business Insider recently revealed the three key things happy couples share according to renowned relationship expert Esther Perel, and we're letting you in on some of her best advice for couples below.
They never stop learning about one another. Perel reveals that happy couples remain curious about each other, which allows the relationship to grow and thrive. Couples should never assume that they've already learned everything there is to know about their partners, which not only keeps things interesting but also lets both people in the relationship continue to evolve as an individual, as well as the couple as a whole.
If one is happy, the other is happy. Couples that are able to share a genuine happiness for one another, even if it has nothing to do with them personally, are able to create a healthy and uplifting environment. These couples see their partner's happiness as their own.
They keep their individuality. It seems obvious, but your significant other should appreciate you for being you. It's important that each person holds on to their own passions, pursuits, and hobbies because those are the unique individualities that attracted them to each other in the first place. Happy couples show respect and admiration for the other person as an individual. It's as simple as that.