8 things you simply must expect after one year dating (no bullsh*t)

You’ve been dating this special someone for a year now. Things are going great, I assume, since you’re still together.

Your relationship has grown, and you’re probably wondering what to expect from now on.

Is the one-year mark a turning point for you and your partner?

Well, to tell you the truth, it’s hard to say. Every relationship is different and every couple has a different story to tell.

Even so, there are some things you simply must expect after one year of dating.

Let’s dive right in!

1) You should talk about your future together

You’ve been dating each other for a year now. You’re great friends, so you should talk about everything, including your future together.

This conversation is supposed to come naturally. Or, one of you should gather courage and bring it up.

In fact, you don’t need a reason to start talking about your future together.

If you’re both happy with each other, talking about the future should be easy and enjoyable.

Making plans is important and to be expected because it will help you stay on the same page with your partner.

Every relationship needs some kind of planning, even if it’s just to make sure you’re both happy with the current situation.

So, expect things to get a bit more serious in your relationship than they previously were.

2) You should trust each other completely

Trust is one of the most difficult things for any new couple to deal with. Gaining trust in a relationship usually takes a long time.

But after you’ve been dating for one year, you should expect to have trust in each other.

Having trust in your partner is extremely important because it will help you build up the relationship.

And if you want to go all-in with this person, there will be plenty of opportunities to test your trust in each other and see how capable both of you are at keeping your promises.

If you haven’t reached this level of trust yet, it’s essential to start working on it now.

In many new relationships, people try to avoid going too deep into their personal problems. They want someone who will sweep their problems away and make everything OK.

But if you want things to last, you need to be able to trust each other completely.


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And regardless of whether it’s your first year or more, you need to start with yourself and focus on the relationship you have with yourself.

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3) He should’ve met your family and friends and vice versa

After one year of dating it’s simply unacceptable for you not to know each other’s families and friends.

If this has not happened yet, the one-year mark is the perfect moment to do so.

Delaying this aspect is definitely not a good sign on his or her part.

Although it might feel uncomfortable at first, spending time with each other’s families could prove to be an extremely valuable experience.

By doing so, you would get to know the important people in his life and the other way around.

As for friends, you should meet them too!

This is a good way to build a foundation for the future, which is expected after dating for so long.

4) You should know each other’s goals and aspirations

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No one likes to jump right into deep talks about their goals and aspirations. However, if it’s been a year of dating, you should expect this to happen.

Having meaningful conversations about your goals and aspirations is important because they will help you stay on the same page with your partner.

You’ll also know what’s important to each other, which will be useful in the future.

After all, that’s what you want, right? To build a future together.

I know opening up is not the easiest thing to do, but one thing is for sure: it will make your relationship stronger in the long run.

5) You should consider moving in together

If you’ve been dating for a year, it’s possible that you will want to move in together.

This idea might sound scary at first, but if you really like each other and your relationship is going well, there is no reason to hesitate.

Some couples prefer living together before they get married, while some don’t.

It’s up to you guys and whatever makes the two of you more comfortable.

The one-year mark is a good time for making such a decision, so expect this topic to come up!

The main reason for this is that you’ll start spending more time with each other and the relationship will become stronger because of that.

Your bond will grow stronger too, and you’ll be able to handle some tough situations better. It will also make your life easier in other ways, like paying rent and finding a better job.

6) He should share his secrets and you should as well

Keeping secrets is a tricky problem.

But if you want to be able to trust each other completely, then it’s important for both of you to tell each other your secrets.

It’s not just about trust, though. It’s also important to build a safe space for each other where you can talk openly and honestly about anything.

This is especially expected to happen in a one-year-long relationship.

Another thing to simply expect is for him to be open with you about the things that happen in his life. In return, you are expected to do the same for him.

If you’re not willing to open up about your own life and what’s going on with you, then it probably won’t be beneficial to either of you.

7) You should be better at solving your conflicts

You should expect to have some conflicts with your partner at first.

However, as you continue dating for a year, you should expect these conflicts to become less frequent.

It’s not only because you’ll get to know each other better, but also because you’ll learn how to resolve conflicts without getting into fights.

You should also expect to be able to solve problems that do come up in your relationship without fighting as much as before, especially if you make him feel needed.

A one-year experience counts a lot when it comes to the way you two react and communicate during disagreements.

And this will help you both avoid conflict and get along much better.

8) He should ask for your opinion and the other way around

I bet that after dating the same person for one year,  he is part of your decision-making process. In other words, you ask for his opinion before you make an important decision.

Are you wondering if you can simply expect him to do the same?

The answer is yes.

It’s only reasonable to expect him to do the same thing.

Sometimes, people might struggle to ask for their loved one’s opinions when it comes to big life changes.

But if you’ve been dating for a year, you should expect to have a voice in making some of his decisions, too.

And if this does not happen yet, then you should expect it to happen in the future.

It’s all about communication and mutual respect.

How important is the one-year mark for relationships?

If you ask me, each stage of a relationship is important in its own way.

A relationship is not only a physical and emotional connection but also an intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social engagement.

From the first stage of dating to the final stages of marriage or family life, each stage offers opportunities for growth and development.

So, the first year of a relationship shouldn’t be less important than any other stage.

It’s during this time that the couple should get to know each other, figure out what they want from life, and start making some big decisions about their future together.

Plus, I think that when you’ve been dating someone for a year, this shows that you have some interest in a long-term commitment, which is good because this means you’ll be more likely to stick around for the long haul.

Is the first year the hardest in a relationship?

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It can be, but it’s important to know that you can get through these problems.

Typically, new couples go through a lot of issues in their first year of being together.

Examples in this regard are how to handle fights, deal with jealousy, and resolve conflicts.

Can you relate?

Actually, you also have to consider that you didn’t know each other well at the beginning of your relationship, so it makes sense to say the first year of a relationship is the hardest.

However, this is not true for everyone.

You can have a great relationship even if you didn’t go through as many problems as some of the other couples.

If you have a good support system, then it can help you get through the first year without too many relationship troubles.

Experts say that the first year could be the hardest in a relationship if the couple doesn’t have a good support system.

Here’s why:

If you don’t have a good support system, then you’ll feel alone and you may get mad at your partner.

You’ll also feel like your relationship isn’t working out and it will be hard to be positive about the situation.

The solution? A good support system appears to be the key!

What are the hardest months in a relationship?

The hardest months in a relationship are usually the second, third, and fourth months.

This is because when we’re new to a relationship, we tend to think a lot about how we feel about the other person.

We’re also afraid that this person might not feel the same way about us.

Insecurities can come out of nowhere and you may start doubting how long this new relationship can work.

In the second month, we’re also adjusting to the fact that our partner is becoming a part of our life. And in the third month, we begin to trust each other.

This is when things get easier. You stop thinking about what your partner thinks about you. You trust them more, and you know how to deal with the things that make you feel insecure or scared.

This is also when your relationship becomes more organic and you start getting into it.

And after this happens, the fourth month is usually when arguments and fights become more common.

It is also the month in which most people break up with their partners.

This can happen because of many reasons, such as increased jealousy or lack of communication skills.

Is a 1 year anniversary important?

Every anniversary is important and you should make it a special day.

It is an important step forward and you have to celebrate it.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Be creative with it.
  • Make it a surprise for your partner.
  • Don’t forget to make it fun.

If you want to do something special for your partner, then think of something new and different that you can do.

It could be a surprise gift or an activity that is worth the money.

For the anniversary gift, it can be anything from a trip to the movies or dinner at a nice restaurant, or even a romantic night out on the town.

You have to make it a day to remember and an experience that will always be there.

Make sure you have fun and enjoy yourself.

How to survive the first year of a relationship

For most people, the first year of a relationship goes by quickly. And it’s enough time to decide if you want to continue dating this person or not.

In addition, it’s also possible to spend this year looking for things that can make your relationship work better.

Here are some things you can do with your partner in order to create an even better bond and have a more fulfilling relationship:

  • Go out as a couple at least once or twice a week.
  • Make time to spend with each other and ‌express your feelings for each other.
  • Do something fun together whenever you can.

Other people struggle with their first year of a relationship and for them, time doesn’t fly. If this is you, to survive whatever you’re going through, keep in mind that communication is key.

Most of the time, people break up because they don’t communicate effectively and can’t solve their problems.

Therefore, if you want to survive the first year of your relationship, follow some of these tips. If you do, your experience should not be that bad.

How do you know if your relationship will last?

So you’ve been together for one year, but you want to know if your relationship will last.

Well, there are some things you can do to be sure your relationship will last.

But first, you have to know what you want from your relationship.

If you want your relationship to last for many years, then it’s going to take time and patience.

Why? Because you need to get to know each other better and take things slow.

In this regard, you can start by discussing things like your expectations and what you want from your relationship.

If you are on the same page, then there should be fewer problems between the two of you and it will be easier to make decisions together.

However, in case you don’t have the same expectations and goals, then there will be a lot of conflicts.  In other words, your relationship might not last long.

As for the things you can do for your relationship to last, here are some suggestions:

  • Talk about your everyday life and make decisions together.
  • Talk about things that are important to you and make sure you share the same values.
  • Make sure you both agree on what you want from life and what your goals are.
  • Get to know each other’s personalities, because if you don’t, then it will be difficult to have a lasting relationship.
  • You also need to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses so that you can work together well as a couple.
  • Be honest with each other and tell each other how you feel about things, even if it is not easy for you to do so.

So,  if you want your relationship to last past the one-year mark, try some of the things above and expect amazing results!

Final thoughts

By now you should have a good idea of what to expect after one year of dating.

But, if you’re a woman and you’d like to improve your relationship, James Bauer can help you out. He’s a relationship expert who discovered the Hero Instinct.

This concept is generating a lot of buzz at the moment as a way to explain what really drives men in relationships.

You see, when a man is made to feel needed, wanted, and respected, he’s more likely to do everything you expect from him after dating him for one year, and more.

And it’s as simple as knowing the right things to say to trigger his hero instinct and make him into the man he’s always wanted to be.

All of that and more is revealed in an excellent free video by James Bauer. It’s absolutely worth checking out if you’re ready to take things to the next level with your man.

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Daniela Duca Damian

I’m Daniela, a passionate writer with an academic background in journalism. My work is based on research and facts. In recent years I have focused on the study of interpersonal relationships, analyzing, and writing about aspects related to social connections, romantic relationships, but also personal development. My goal is to decipher the most confusing concepts so that anyone who is interested in living a better and fulfilled life can apply them. When I’m not writing, I challenge my friends with meaningful questions about life.

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