Are you looking for some helpful tips on what a committed relationship should look like in your 50s?
Or are you in a new relationship, but wondering if it’s the real deal? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
The thing about relationships is, they’re all unique. No two people are the same and that’s a beautiful thing!
That being said, there are some clear signs if you’re in a committed relationship and the truth is, they don’t differ that much based on age.
So here are the things you should watch out for if you’re looking for confirmation about your relationship after 50.
Do you both enjoy spending quality one-on-one time together? And do you make it a priority to spend time together regularly? If so, that’s a great sign!
Spending quality time with your partner is important. We recommend that couples have one date night each week.
It doesn’t have to be fancy or special each time, but it’s important that you make space for and look forward to some special time together regularly.
Constant open communication is key for any healthy relationship to thrive, but the way you communicate matters too.
Think about what you say and how you say it. Do you communicate with love and kindness, and respect? Or do you speak negatively and criticize each other?
When you’re in a relationship for a while, it’s sometimes easy to forget to be kind to your partner. However, partners in committed, healthy relationships always try to treat each other with kindness.
In a committed relationship, you should both be able to feel each other’s affection.
Even if you are in the early stages of a relationship, you should still feel comfortable expressing your emotions and feelings without feeling embarrassed.
Do you complement each other, and does it go beyond the physical? Are you willing to be vulnerable and share how you feel?
If you are then that’s a good sign that this relationship is a promising one.
Compassion and support are essential in a committed, loving relationship.
You should feel like you can count on this person to have your back, be able to lean on them in your times of need and vice versa.
Don’t invest in someone unless they’re willing to love you and stand by you through the good times and the bad.
For there to be a committed relationship, both partners need to be reasonable.
This means that you’re both secure in yourselves and each other. A couple who feel safe in their relationship don’t get overly jealous, jump to conclusions, or act controlling towards each other.
The older we get, the smaller our social circle tends to become. This is because we’re more careful with who we trust and let in.
However, having trust in your partner is vital if this relationship is to succeed.
So, do you trust each other? Do you feel safe in the relationship? And do you feel seen and heard by your partner and accepted for who you are?
If you answered yes, then great. This is what emotional safety looks and it’s fundamental to a committed relationship.
Is there joy and happiness in your relationship? Do you make each other laugh and feel good?
Usually, it’s the little things that mean the most in a relationship—surprising her with a bunch of flowers just because, or leaving him a little love note on the fridge for when he gets in late.
When your partner makes an effort to surprise you with gestures like this, it’s a pretty good sign that they’re a keeper.
Every relationship will have conflict, but it’s how you resolve your conflict that matters.
If you’re in a healthy relationship, you shouldn’t be trying to “win” or prove yourself in an argument.
Instead, you should both work together to listen to each other, understand alternate points of view, and reach a mutual understanding.
Every person has boundaries and once you know what yours are, the next step is to communicate them to your partner.
Noticing how your partner responds to your boundaries is important because it shows they respect you, so take note. Respect is vital in a committed relationship.
Sex is an integral part of any romantic relationship, no matter what age you are.
Unless you’ve specifically decided together that sex won’t be part of your relationship, there should still be a sexual connection after 50.
Chances are, your sex life won’t be as exotic as it once was, but it should still exist.
Studies show that some older folks enjoy sex more now than they did in their 20s and 30s.
Dating in your 50s can be a truly fulfilling experience.
However, spotting the difference between a casual hangout and a committed relationship can be tricky.
So next time you’re unsure, take a look at this article, reflect on your relationship and talk to your partner.