How Do You Know It’s True Love?

This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Have you ever wondered if it’s “true” love? What does that even mean for it to be “true love”?

These are good questions, and ones that have affected just about every human being on the planet.

That said, the answer is complicated. There are many factors at play and, unfortunately, sometimes people don’t show us their true colors.

Nonetheless, this article will help you better understand whether or not it consists of true love by breaking down five key traits that are essential to any true love relationship.

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True Love in Five Key Adjectives

True love isn’t easy to find. After all, it wouldn’t be nearly so special if it were easy to find, right?

If you’re having relationship troubles or difficulty finding love, don’t despair. You may want to consider the useful resources available online through sites such as BetterHelp.

Now, let’s look at five key traits for a true love relationship to exist.


A true love relationship necessarily means that both people are loyal. This loyalty is founded upon a mutual respect that ensures fidelity.

Don’t forget that love is a two-way street. So long as your are a faithful partner, then you should be able to expect your partner to be the same.

Ultimately, a true love relationship is one you can count on no matter what. You can expect to have this person’s support no matter how tough things get. They won’t leave you over one mistake.


True love relationships also require both partners to be honest. After all, how can you have a long-lasting and meaningful partnership without honesty?

Partners that are truly in love will always strive to be honest with one another, even if it means occasionally hurting their feelings. Sometimes we desperately need others to be honest with us so that we can improve as human beings.

We owe it to each other to be honest and a true love relationship absolutely requires it.


Being empathetic involves the capacity to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. The partners in a true love relationship must be able to show empathy for one another.

Let’s say, for example, that one of the partners has a horrible day and is venting to the other. If their partner won’t look up from their phone or does something like blame the situation on their partner, it will be very hard to maintain a positive and truly loving relationship.

True love, like true friendship, requires people to be genuinely empathetic with one another.


One of the best parts of having a true love relationship is the ability to lose oneself in the moment and not be worried about embarrassment.

Having fun is an essential part of a true love relationship. After all, who envisions a future with someone with whom they can never share a laugh or a fun moment?

True friendships and true love relationships require some level of fun, and this is a good indicator in general of compatibility.


Partners in a true love relationship must absolutely remain independent. While this may seem counterintuitive, it is vital.

You see, mutual respect requires giving each other the necessary time, space, and privacy. If two people cannot do this in a relationship, there is bound to be irritability, jealousy, insecurity, etc.

Ultimately, a true love relationship must function as two independent people who have a deep love and caring bond for one another.


True love is beautiful. It provides fuel for many people in their quest for happiness.

Nonetheless, many people have excessively romantic or utopian ideals of true love. It doesn’t need to be like a Disney movie or romance novel. Rather, possessing the five key traits above is a good sign that you’re well on your way to a true love relationship.

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