They say there's never a sure thing when it comes to love, but science begs to differ.
Love is a dangerous game since most of the time you have no clue how things will end up. People usually say all you can do is try to work things out, and hope you don't get your heart broken. But what if there really is a way to predict if your relationship will make it? Good news: there is! According to the "investment model", a theory published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, you can predict whether your relationship will last by taking these three things into consideration:
1. Your expectations are being met.
A big part of the investment model is to look at the costs and rewards of your relationship. So if you expect to have a relationship where you have a decent amount of communication and go on a certain amount of dates, then you'll probably stay in said relationship even if he forgets to take out the trash every week.
Everyone's personal standards for a relationship is different. If you're the type that needs your space, then your happiness with your relationship will be based on whether you're getting the space you need. However, if you're a person who "needs" their partner quite often, then your happiness will decline if your partner isn't meeting that neediness quota. That's why the one-size-fits-all rule for relationships doesn't work: every person has different expectations that need to be met.
2. You don't have any better options.
This might sound harsh at first, but it makes sense. Why would any of us stay in relationship with someone who doesn't quite fit if there are obviously better options out there? This also goes with being single. If you're unsatisfied with your relationship to the point where you truly think you will be better off alone, then the relationship will most likely end.
3. You have a lot invested into your relationship.
What it all boils down to in the investment model is that the more you have invested financially or emotionally in your relationship, then it's less likely that your relationship will end. Do you own any property together? Do you have children together? Are you still in love with this person? All of these things are investments that make it much harder for you to split with your partner.