What should you look for in a partner? It partly comes down to what you want in a relationship, but there are some traits that almost always help make a partnership work better. Of course, you want someone who is compatible with you— but that can cover a huge range of things. "Compatibility is one of those things that you need on some level to make it through the long haul," Matchmaker and dating coach Karenna Alexander tells Bustle. "Having compatibility when it comes to inner qualities — like one's values — is the most important thing. Hobbies and surface characteristics — like vacation preferences or decor preferences — are less important." To know if someone is a keeper, it's important that you two are compatible on the big, significant issues issues— but that's only the beginning.
Because your values may line up with your partner's values, but they also probably line up with other people's— and that doesn't mean that all of those people would be right for you. So how do you know if someone's a keeper? In part it's down to them being a good person, but it's also about them being the right fit for you. Here's what the experts had to say about knowing your partner is one who you want to hold onto.