Do You Know the 16 Most Important Things in a Relationship?

All relationships need love and attention. There will always be tough times to muddle through, but overall, your significant other should be a beacon of light in your life. But responsibilities do not fall on them alone to maintain your happiness. That should always be a group effort.

So you’re in love. That seems like it should be enough to get you through anything, at least, that is what your heart will tell you; unsurprisingly, there are many other important qualities that will make your relationship successful in the long term. Arguments are bound to happen, so it is best to be prepared when those situations arise. And even when not in the middle of a disagreement, there are certain positive traits that great couples possess to keep their relationships free from anger and distrust.

To compile our list today, we reached out to Fran Walfish, PsyD, who is a Beverly Hills family and relationship psychotherapist, author of The Self-Aware Parent, a regular expert child psychologist on The Doctors (CBS), and co-star on Sex Box (WE TV). She has worked with enough couples to know what truly helps keep their relationships healthy; peruse her tips below. Refer back when you find yourself looking for more than affection to keep your love afloat.