It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m a romance author who’s been happily married more than twenty-two years. So, of course I’m thinking about relationships. In particular, I’m thinking about the hallmarks of a relationship that’s destined to last. One with a HEA or happily ever after, regardless of what that looks like.
We’ve all seen couples, in fiction and in real life, where you just don’t think they’re gonna make it. They’re HEA is somehow not satisfying and believable. That’s usually because there’s something missing in the relationship.
Whether you want your HEA in book or movie form, or you’re looking for it in life, the same ingredients are required, really.
That’s pretty much the recipe: Like the person (or people) you’re in a relationship with, prioritize their happiness, admit your flaws, communicate expectations, and have fun together. That’s it. If all those things are present in a relationship, the chances of a satisfying HEA are high—in romance novels and movies, and in real life.
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