9 Things Every Good Relationship Needs besides Love ...

Love is obviously a must, but there are quite a few other things every good relationship needs. When it comes to having a lasting relationship, love doesn't conquer all. It takes more than that. Combining love with the other things every good relationship needs is a great recipe to having a truly incredible and happy life together.

1. Trust

To me, trust is one of the most important things every good relationship needs. Without trust, you spend all your time worrying about what your partner says or does. If you're the one lying, you wonder if they are too. Trust makes you feel comfortable sharing your secret hopes and dreams. It gives you the freedom to share your heart with another. Without it, you basically have an untrustworthy friend.

2. Compassion

No relationship is 100% happy 24/7. Both of you will have bad days. You'll say things you regret. This is where compassion comes in. When bad days or things happen, you need to be compassionate and do what you can to understand and help your partner. Obviously, this works both ways. Compassion helps show each of you that the other cares.

3. Compromise

When you combine two lives together, you can't expect to continue living your life the exact same way you used to. Each of you have your own habits, hobbies and quirks. It takes compromise on both sides to live happily together. If you're not willing to make compromises, the relationship will simply dissolve into an endless argument. I'm not saying you have to give up everything, but compromise is necessary.

4. Communication

Many couples fail simply because they don't communicate. They talk about the little things like their day or what's for dinner. They push aside anything that might seem uncomfortable or might lead to a fight. Communication is crucial. Make time to talk about what's bothering you. Even if it causes an argument, at least you'll get it out in the open and be able to fix it. Don't hold everything in. Talk.

5. Selflessness

While you shouldn't ever stay in a relationship where it's all take and no give, you should be willing to be selfless. Don't do something for your partner just so you get something in return. Truly happy relationships succeed because both people are selfless. They give to their partner just to see them smile. It's such a simple thing and when it goes both ways, it creates a balanced relationship.

6. Acceptance

I hate to break it to you, but no one is perfect. Both you and your partner have flaws. You will annoy each other. That's part of being in love. However, you have to accept that neither one of you is perfect. Acceptance allows you to look past simple little flaws and focus on what's most important – the fact that the two of you are perfect for each other.

7. Loyalty

This one should be obvious. If you're not loyal in a relationship, you don't really have a relationship. Loyalty means supporting your partner and standing by their side. It also means not cheating. You shouldn't be ashamed to stand by your partner. When you're both loyal, you always know you have the support you need, no matter what happens.

8. Forgiveness

Both of you are human and will make mistakes. While there are some things you might not be able to forgive, the majority of mistakes are forgivable if you're willing to talk things out and make changes. Before immediately placing blame and giving up on a relationship, take the time to talk and forgive each other. Relationships are rocky sometimes, but forgiveness helps you navigate the rockiest roads.

9. Observation

You can't fix problems or be there for your partner if you aren't paying attention to the relationship. Take the time to observe each other and learn the signs that signal their emotions. Pay close attention to your relationship so you can work on it before it's too late. Of course, if you both love each other, you're probably already extremely attentive.

Love is a beautiful thing, but without hard work, relationships fall apart. All of these traits help you create great relationships. Add these to love and you'll notice your relationships improve. What other things do you think good relationships need?