The best long-term partner is essentially the person who can be your best friend. Which is why some people find it really hard to spot a potential long-term partner as they seem to only attract the bad
So what are the essential traits to look for when looking for a long time partner?
This is not your stereotypical definition of maturity, like being an older person. You can tell if a person is mature when he is not ashamed to talk about where he comes from and what he/she plans his life to be. This just means that he/she has long term goal and is motivated to reach it.
Any ideal partner should have this, first and foremost. He/she understands that there are limitations to your relationship and that nobody is perfect. The person understands [or at least does the best to understand] your feelings towards certain actions and/or situations then works with you in making your relationship better based on these understandings.
A good partner, no matter the circumstance maybe regardless of what he/she feels about the situation always will have good faith in you because he/she will always look at it in an intellectual, emotional and intuitive level. So as long as you are good to the person, an ideal long term partner will always have trust in you.
You know you have a potential long term partner when you feel and you see that there is honesty in that person. He openly communicates with you and tells you what he/she feels, always for the purpose of making things better between the both of you.
SENSE OF HUMOR
This one always comes up whenever a person [especially a lady] is asked what traits is he looking for a partner. Ideally so because this is one element that should not be missing in a relationship. Humor. Value a partner that always tries to see the lighter side of any situation and make sure you smile and laugh. This can be a lifesaver.
“Every couple needs to argue every 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