Well, most people have different things or qualities they want to see in their partners. But one can agree that there are some qualities which are not to be neglected when searching for a partner to be in a long-term relationship...
When young, most of the people are only interested in how a person looks and how he/she makes them look when in public places. When they get older and looking for life partners, many people look for other qualities other looks. If you are at that stage where you feel that you are ready to settle down, here are the qualities that you should look out for in a partner:
1. Shared interests
According to relationship experts, having common interests strengthens a relationship. The common interests can be as simple as having a fondness for certain types of food or as advanced as completing a complex puzzle. When you have common interests with your partner you will have something to talk about. This brings you closer thus you live with your partner for a long time without getting bored. When looking for a partner, you shouldn't look for one that shares all of your interests. One common interest is enough to bring you close thus have a beautiful, long term relationship.
It's always recommended that you be open in your relationship. This calls for you to tell your spouse all the necessary details. The details should be both good and bad. While this is the case, you shouldn't be disrespectful. When your partner makes a mistake, you should correct him/her respectfully. For your relationship to last for a long time, you should respect each other. As rule of thumb, you should never bring down your partner.
Maturity isn't acting all "grown up" such as not watching cartoons or laughing at booby jokes. Maturity is the ability to tell right from wrong, take responsibility for actions, and solve problems when you come across. If your partner is always blaming the government, traffic, boss or anyone else for something, he/she isn't mature and you should be wary when working with him/her.
Maintaining a long-term relationship requires both of you to be responsible. One common feature of a long-term relationship is children. The last thing that you want is living with a partner who can't provide for the children or take good care of you. Your partner doesn't necessary need to have a lot of money but he/she should have some levels of security.
While your partner should be responsible and serious in life, he/she should also be fun to be with. Your partner should be able to laugh away the life inconveniences, make fun of normal occurrences and laugh at himself/herself. A partner with a sense of humor isn't boring and helps you have a fun look on life. While a sense of humor is great, you should stay away from a person who makes fun of other people.
These are the features that you should look out for when looking for a partner. Getting the right partner takes time thus you should be patient in your search.