As we grow older, we find ourselves with a new appreciation for women. We get less concerned with looks and become more attentive to how they act.

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As everyone knows, beauty fades, while mean people typically do not become nicer. So when you’re trying to figure out if you’ve met a keeper, look out for these five signs.

1. You look forward to going home with her.

A woman who you enjoy going out with and coming home with is definitely a keeper. Watching her impress your friends with her effortless small talk is great; however, being able to snuggle up and enjoy some private time is even better.

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As time goes on, most people get a little less social. You might have kids or more demands from work. Whatever the case, we become homebodies more and more. Finding someone whose company you adore is crucial to enjoying that time at home.

2. She’s even nice to your awkward friends.

Trying to get your friends and significant other to get along can be stressful. A woman who easily gets along with your less-than-polished buddies makes your life way easier.

It can strain a relationship if your partner doesn’t like your friends. Planning nights out can become hard when your friends figure out that she’s not on board with them. We love it when everyone gets along.

3. She can crack you up.

A woman with a great sense of humor will make your life easier and happier. As you spend years together, you’ll develop a repertoire of inside jokes that will allow you to crack each other up without even saying a word.

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This quality becomes more and more important as you age. We can guarantee that there will be tough times at one point or another, and having someone to laugh with is the best way to get through them.

4. You feel comfortable with her.

This seems like a small thing, but it’s imperative. When you’re looking for someone to spend your life with, you want to make sure that you can relax around each other.

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If you’re always on edge and trying to impress each other, you’ll eventually flame out. A relationship can only last if both partners feel at ease in each other’s presence.

5. She has her own interests.

Finding an independent woman is great for many reasons. For one, you’ll have plenty to talk about since she keeps her own interests and hobbies.

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It also gives the two of you a chance to be apart every once in a while. In this situation, the absence should make the heart grow fonder. If not, this may not be the relationship for you. However, more than likely, you’ll be ready to run back into each other’s arms after you both satisfy your own needs.

If you don’t see all of these signs with your current partner, don’t worry. Some relationships take a while to develop. Just make sure she’s worth spending time on before you invest years of your life with her.

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