1. No love is perfect.
It has its highs and its lows—and some of them are very high, and very low—but the lows are not a sign of weakness or that you shouldn't be together. Rather, they're something that brings you closer to each other.
2. Sometimes you just need to hold your partner's hand or give them a hug, and not ask questions or give them any advice.
Just knowing that you're there is more comforting than words.
3. You can be mad at someone and still love them senseless.
Getting mad at someone doesn't forecast the end of your relationship, it just means you're humans who have feelings and screw up from time to time.
4. Someone can come from a broken family or make it through a tough childhood, and show no trace of it.
This doesn't mean they have skeletons hiding in their closet that you'll stumble upon one day, it just means they're not who they grew up around.
5. Alone time together is sacred.
You reach a point in your life when you're so busy you feel like you don't ever see each other, much less get alone time together when you're doing something other than sleeping.
6. Just when you think you can't love someone any more than you already do, something happens to bring you closer.
It might just be a really hilarious joke that only you two would find funny or taking the next step in your relationship, like moving in or getting married, but passion doesn't have to fade.
7. Compromises are worth it.
Because at the end of the day, nothing beats being with the person you love, even if you have to do something you wouldn't otherwise do to make the relationship work. Because their happiness makes you happy.
8. Communication solves all problems.
You can't expect anyone to read your mind, even your soul mate. And your soul mate will always be able to tell if you're upset, so you know it's better just to tell them why instead of leaving them guessing.
9. A whole day with nothing to do but hang out with each other is the hands-down best.
This is why honeymoons are the best best BEST best.
10. Cuddling with the person you love will always make you feel better.
Nothing beats crawling into the arms of the person you love. Even sometimes when you think you just want to be alone, your partner will scoop you up to comfort you and you'll feel instantly calmed.
11. When you really love someone, you realize you can totally lay bare your insecurities to another person.
Even when they feel so personal you never expected to discuss them with another soul. And you feel more secure as a result.
12. When your partner wants to do stuff without you or needs alone time, that doesn't mean you're in a fight or things are bad between you two.
You know that maintaining lives independently of one another's is healthy. And chances are, when he's off with his friends, he's talking about how wonderful you are.
13. You don't have to share the same friends for your relationship to work.
You just have to be respectful of the people your significant other values.
14. Emotional intimacy and physical intimacy feed each other.
It's a never-ending cycle that brings you closer and closer together, and you feel like you can't have one without the other.
15. Your soul mate will make you a better person.
You'll want to be kinder, more understanding, more supportive, and more empathetic not just to be the best significant other you can be, but because your S.O. inspires you.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.