My criteria for choosing a partner was simple. I asked myself the following question:
Is being with this person more fun than being on my own (knowing that I had a LOT of fun on my own)? Yes or No?
If Yes, proceed with the relationship.
If No, end the relationship.
Re-evaluate at regular intervals, because choosing the right person is not a one-time decision. It’s a decision you make over and over again.
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This is also a very important factor to me too. I would also add to the Yes/No answer is to consider a reasonable period of time. There were times when my ex-partners made me upset and I certainly wasn’t having fun. However, when looking at the big picture, over months, I was much happier (having fun) being with them than being without them.
Great point. Thanks, Matt!