1. The one they do all the time
A successful relationship is often built on months of time being spent together, which inevitably means dates become more and more frequent—but that doesn't mean less exciting. Whether it's your favorite pizza place or a beer in your local pub, a great relationship is built on quality time being spent together doing what you love.
2. The one with their families
Or with the people you love—which is where spending time with one or both of your families comes in. When you double date with your S/O's brother/sister/parents, the groundwork of a fulfilling relationship with a solid future definitely exists.
3. The one where they do something fancy
A long term relationship doesn't have to mean complacency, and the secret to success can be making a first-date-worthy-effort and doing something totally different to what you normally do once in a while. It shows that you still care what each other think of you and want to do something special to prove it.
4. The one for just them
Not every date has to go on social media, and occasionally the key to success comes when a couple realizes that sometimes the best of times come with no phones, no photos, and no other people cooing about what you got up to. It's all down to the quality time and the memories you make on that specific date—not who likes your selfie or what people comment.
5. The one which they put on Instagram
But y'know what? Sometimes a public display of affection is actually a great thing, especially when it just feels right. Whether that means a roadtrip or milkshakes at midnight, there ain't nothing wrong with sharing a photo or two of your love on social media—even if number 4 also comes into the successful relationship thing.
6. The one where they Netflix and chill
No, we don't just mean sex (that too), but if a couple in a happy relationship tells you they don't binge watch boxsets in their pajamas with greasy hair and popcorn, they're probably lying. THIS IS ESSENTIAL, PEOPLE.
7. The one they do with friends
As much as it's essential to other parts of the relationship, feeling comfortable enough to go out with each other's friends and their partners is key, too—because you want to be able to have as much of a good time with their friends as you do with your own. Plus, who doesn't want a date with loads of other couples being smug about the fact you're in couples?
8. The one that happens on date night
A dedicated date night isn't uncommon, and means both parties in a relationship can actually guarantee they'll spend a decent amount of time together each week—regardless of how much work/friends/plans get in the way elsewhere. Basically, spending time together—regardless of the actual date—is key.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.