It’s supposed to be the end goal for all people looking to date—a long term relationship.
It can be difficult to get that far into a relationship and so asking or even starting to think about it can make you feel nervous about ‘jinxing it.’
After all, you’re not psychic—for all you know, while you want a long term relationship, your partner may just see this as one long, fun fling.
Or they may be secretly agonizing over the same question, waiting and wishing for you to resolve the matter as well.
“I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
“Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive.
Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven
Here to help are the do’s and don’ts in establishing and maintaining a long term relationship, as well as some signs which may show whether or not you’re ready to take that big step.