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Are you satisfied with your relationship?

February 16, 2018
  • Yes
  • Sometimes, it goes back and forth
  • No
  • I’m single

Navigating the wide waters of romantic relationships in the 21st century can feel like drifting on an inflatable raft without an oar. And for those of us residing in the USA, with its myriad of cultures, expectations, and dating norms, the experience can be all the more mystifying. Have you ever wondered where you fall on the satisfaction spectrum in your relationship? Or perhaps pondered your single status? If so, you’re far from alone.

Let’s dive into some reasons why someone might answer the recent poll question, “Are you satisfied with your relationship?” with a resounding “Yes!”, a tentative “Sometimes, it goes back and forth”, a confident “No”, or a bold declaration of “I’m single.”

1. “Yes”

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When people proudly wave their “Yes” flags, it’s often because they’ve found a harmonious balance in their relationship. They feel understood, valued, and their needs are met. They may have successfully navigated the seven-year itch, a phenomenon where dissatisfaction peaks around the seventh year of a relationship. Additionally, a survey showed that couples who share at least five genuine laughs a day are more likely to report higher satisfaction. So, chuckles might just be the secret ingredient to a happy relationship.

2. “Sometimes, it goes back and forth”

happy couple on the couch at home

Life isn’t a romantic comedy filled with only rainbows and sunshine. For many, relationships resemble roller coasters, with highs of exhilarating happiness and lows of exasperating disagreements. It’s no surprise that many might pick this answer. They’re essentially saying, “It’s complicated.” After all, 65% of couples in a survey said they experience relationship fluctuations. Factors can range from job stresses, life changes, to simply which side of the bed you woke up on. As the renowned relationship therapist Dr. Emily King once said, “Love is a dance, sometimes you step on each other’s toes, and sometimes you glide.”

3. “No”

While it may be tempting to jump to conclusions about the “No” camp, it’s worth noting that relationship dissatisfaction can stem from a multitude of reasons. It might be a fundamental mismatch of values or a series of unresolved conflicts. A survey highlighted that over 50% of individuals who weren’t satisfied in their relationship cited lack of communication as the primary reason. As Oprah Winfrey eloquently put it, “True love is not just about feeling good. It’s about growing, evolving, and sometimes facing uncomfortable truths.”

sad couple looking down

4. “I’m single”

Singlehood in the USA isn’t what it used to be. There’s a growing acceptance and even celebration of the choice to be single. After all, being single means you’re part of a large community. A recent census indicated that nearly 45% of all US adults are single. Being single offers the flexibility to pursue passions, build a career, or even travel on a whim (when pandemics aren’t locking us down, of course). As the iconic Diane Keaton once said, “Being single used to mean nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.”

To wrap it all up, whether you’re euphorically happy in your relationship, occasionally questioning it, absolutely done with it, or flying solo, your feelings are valid. Relationships, or the lack thereof, are deeply personal experiences that vary for each individual. So, the next time someone asks about your relationship status or satisfaction level, remember: It’s your story to tell, and no one else’s. And maybe, just maybe, don’t forget to sneak in a laugh or five!

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