Myths about Soul Mates

1. The relationship should be natural, easy and uncomplicated: The truth is that all relationships take time, effort, commitment and energy. You need to make time for each other, to do fun things together, to work on communication, and to learn to negotiate and compromise.

2. The relationship should be conflict free: Because we are each individual and unique we all disagree with others at times, so conflict is natural, and not to be feared. In fact, conflict can force us to confront our differences, and to grow as individuals, and as couples too.

3. Soul mates are romantic: Real life is not the movies, and love can be expressed in countless different ways, and still be genuine. Look out for all the signs that show your partner cares, and don’t be disappointed if they’re not the stereotype. Don’t force them to be something that is maybe nor their style.

4. You should always see things the same way and have the same opinions, outlooks and beliefs: You both have different backgrounds and have individual brains so you’re going to sometimes differ in the way you look at life. That needn’t be a problem – you don’t want to be clones.

5. My soul mate will always like and love me: Consideration, respect and a concern for your partner are symptoms of a loving relationship. But being rude and disrespectful or irresponsible are not endearing qualities that build relationships. Instead, we need to give to get – as it’s not ‘all about me’.

Traits of a Best Friend

1. They believe in you even when you’ve stopped believing in yourself

2. They respect your boundaries, and don’t try to manipulate or control you

3. They’re faithful and loyal – and are always there to listen when you truly need them

4. They put up with your annoying little quirks and habits because they understand you’re not perfect yet

5. They’re not envious or jealous when you succeed at something. They’re on your side and want the best for you

6. They allow you to be you, to have your own viewpoints, and to follow your own interests – as they like you being unique

7. They are generous, large hearted, and quick to forgive. Also, they don’t bear grudges, and they think the best of you.

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