He has good credit
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors (sounds like a bunch of lovebirds, right?) found that couples with the highest credit ratings were most likely to stay together. Researchers speculate that someone who is good at paying bills translates into a reliable partner. “Unless he’s explained unforeseeable circumstances that don’t seem like just excuses, assume that his lack of good credit may indicate a need for growth,” says Jim Walkup, Doctorate of Ministry, a licensed marriage counselor who practices in New York City and White Plains, New York. Laurie Davis Edwards, founder of eFlirt, an online dating concierge service, and author of Love @ First Click, says that good credit speaks volumes about how your mate will handle himself when issues arise in your relationship. “When things get challenging—either financially or emotionally—he’s more likely to be able to handle it if he’s been ‘adulting’ for a while now,” she says. Uncomfortable asking him his credit score? Look around his house. “If his desk is cluttered with unpaid bills or second notices, rethink your relationship,” say Doctors Schmitz. Here are some tips to stop arguing about money with your partner.
You talk about safe sex
If the two of you can have an open and honest conversation about birth control and safe intercourse, that means he takes responsibility for his own health and that of others. You should also be able to tell him if sex is painful. “Good communication is the cornerstone of all relationships,” says Neely Steinberg, a dating coach and personal image consultant. “So if he’s willing to engage in a conversation about what some might consider a difficult or awkward subject, then it’s a good sign he’ll be able to talk about other issues that will come up in the relationship.” If he won’t talk about his past partners or take an STD test, he might not be emotionally ready to get more physical, says Laurel House, a dating and empowerment coach on E!’s Famously Single. And that’s a problem since it’s crucial that you’re comfortable enough with one another to talk about sex before you have it. “It’s not something that should carry any amount of insecurity,” says House. “We’re talking about your health, your future, your life. Literally.” Here are some simple ways to improve your sex life.
He’s eager to meet the parents
Some men are paralyzed in fear at the thought of being introduced to the parents, especially if you’ve given them a bad rap. But if he sees you in his future, he’ll show a genuine interest and enthusiasm to want to get to know and spend time with your family. “He’s signaling that he cares about those close to you, that he wants to make a good impression with people who are important in your life, and that he’s eager to get to know the people who created and shaped you,” says Steinberg. “When your partner places a priority on meeting your parents, he’s also placing a priority on your relationship,” says Lloyd. “His desire to meet your parents implies that he’s thinking about a lasting connection with you and is interested in strengthening the bond that the two of you share.”