5 tests your soulmate must pass.
He may leave his dirty socks on the floor, but at least he opens the door for you. When it comes to relationships, you take the good with the bad. But when you're dating a guy you think just might be Mr. Right, how do you determine if he's really the one you're destined to spend the rest of your life with?
We went to the experts to find out how to tell if a guy truly is Mr. Right—or just Mr. Right Now. Here are five tests your soulmate must pass.
"Things like opening the car door or immediately giving you your portion of food when you're splitting a dish at a restaurant—these are all important signs to look for to know if he'll ultimately treat you right," Stanger says.
And in this case especially, actions speak louder than words. "Words are often used as a substitute for romantic actions, but are empty without follow-through," says social worker and addiction specialist Andrew Spanswick.
And you should take your partner at more than face value. "Good looks fade, but a bad personality is forever," she adds. California-based psychologist Colleen Long concurs. "Could you have fun simply waiting in line with him at the DMV?" she asks. "The best relationships are people who can be best friends," Stanger says.
"Financial irresponsibility will create life-long stress and deprivation," says South California-based psychotherapist Tina Tessina. "If he gambles money away or even just spends it on the latest tech toys when you're looking to secure your financial future, the relationship will not work," she adds.
"A lot of what makes for conflict in a relationship is when people have different core values on key issues and it's not discussed in advance," Kriger says.