NEW YORK - MAY 27: Single New Yorkers mingle during an 8 Minute Dating speed dating event May 27, 2003 in New York City. Speed dating is a trend in New York, pitting dozens of singles together for dozens of short "dates" in an evening. Participants fill out cards if they're interested, and event organizers e-mail any resulting matches. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In the world of modern technology, people are always finding new ways to connect. This is especially true for those in the dating world. However, we seem to always focus on the red flags of dating. Meaning the negative traits or signs you may find when looking for a partner. Well, it’s high time we focus on the green flags of the dating world so we’ve gone ahead and picked out our five major green flags when it comes to dating.

  • 1. Open Communication

    Being open and most importantly being honest with your significant other is one of the most important steps you can take to build a strong and long-lasting relationship with somebody. Let’s face it problems are bound to arise throughout life. So having someone that you can feel comfortable opening up to is a major green flag. Otherwise, you can run the risk of bottling up your emotions which will lead to things like depression or stress which can seriously affect your mental/physical health.

  • 2. Sharing your emotions and experiences

    Humans are unique in several aspects one such aspect is our experiences and emotions to events or situations that we have gone through in life. Your partner and you may react to the same things in a totally different manner. However, you should never put them down for something like that. Validation of a partner’s experiences or emotions can strengthen your relationship and give serious emotional benefits. 

    You should never say your partner’s reaction to something is over dramatic or over emotional, because to them it may not be. It may be a serious issue due to things like stress, previous trauma or other issues. They need to know they have someone who understands them and that’s a green flag most people search for. 

  • 3. You want them to be part of your life.

    Not only do you enjoy spending time with your significant other, but you’ve taken several steps to introduce them to your family and friends or have learned about theirs. This way no matter what you’re doing say at a classic New Jersey family barbeque you don’t feel like a stranger living in someone else’s world. It may seem like such a simple green flag to have, but sometimes simplicity is key to maintaining a loving relationship with someone. 

  • 4. Your core values and morals align.

    This is a major one in the dating world, especially nowadays, if you and your partner don’t agree on certain issues or values this may become a problem in the relationship as you may spend your time trying to force your ideas onto them. Instead of hearing them out and understanding where they come from. 

    So, making sure your morals are compatible with your partner is a good step, but also making sure you can listen and talk in a civilized manner when they don’t align is also a key to a healthy relationship.  

  • Growth is important to both of you.

    No matter if it’s short-term growth or long-term. Having a partner who is willing to take the time to work on their issues, and your work with you as you do some growing of your one is one of the best green flags you can have in a partner. Because at the end of the day we’re all human and we do change. If you want to plan out the future with your partner who will support you all the way, through thick and thin well then, they’re A-ok in our book.