Name a fairytale princess, and anyone can tell you how her story ends: married to a prince who she lives happily ever after with. And while we aren't living in a kingdom far, far away, we adapt this idealized ending to our own lives. Finding someone to be the other half of our happy couple is a key goal to dating. After all, it's the holy grail of relationships — or so we've been told. What those childhood tales don't tell us is that Cinderella relocated to Los Angeles for a job and Rapunzel isn't the same person she was at 18 and grew apart from her first boyfriend. Contentment doesn't promise longevity, and unfortunately, sometimes the best thing you can do for your happiness is to end your "happy" relationship.
"Not all relationships are meant to last forever," Kali Rogers, CEO and founder of Blush Online Life Coaching, tells Bustle. "If you want the opportunity to find a life partner, you might need to leave a happy relationship in order to find that."
Being satisfied with your partner is vital, but it isn't the only ingredient for a sustainable relationship. Here are some signs that you should end a "happy" relationship: