Unless you’re settling down with a robot, you’ll find that every relationship requires some element of compromise. Some relationships are one-way-streets, but those tend to fizzle out sooner or later. In the same way that people can be selfish and allow their partner to make all the compromises while they go on living like a singleton, they can also go the opposite way. Some people break their backs trying to please a partner who expects to be treated like a god. In our experience, neither of those are good ideas. The hard work in the relationship is a load to be shared equally. In order for two humans to be happy together, they have to cater to each other’s needs and strike a balance.
While being in a relationship is about looking after your partner’s needs, it’s also important to differentiate between compromise and sacrifice. You’ll have to put in the effort and sometimes deal with inconveniences if it means making your partner happy, but in a healthy relationship, you won’t have to give up the things most important to you or change the essence of who you are.
Read on to find out which compromises you should make in a relationship, and which you shouldn’t have to.