Whenever you see a happy couple who have been together for a long time, your first thought might be, “how do they do it?” They seem to interact with ease and know how to complement one another without missing a beat. But it’s not that these couples never have conflict. They experience troubles just like the rest of us; the only difference is they use their positive personality traits as a tool to help them navigate their interactions. These traits allow them to handle hard times gracefully, making their union even stronger.
The most successful couples generally share a few key positive traits. If you want your relationship to thrive, it will benefit you to work on developing in these areas. Here are six traits of successful couples.
Successful couples show their appreciation for one another every chance they get. They don’t take each other for granted and they realize each day with their partner is a gift to be celebrated. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia found expressions of gratitude could predict the quality of a marriage. “We found that feeling appreciated and believing that your spouse values you directly influences how you feel about your marriage, how committed you are to it, and your belief that it will last,” study co-author Ted Futris said in a statement.