Some people believe in the traditional definition of a soulmate, where two souls are meant to find each other and be together. Others are more practical about it. They are looking for someone they truly compatible with. Either way, the end result is the same: we want to find love and be happy in our lives. Here are five ways to know you’ve found the one for you, no matter how you define the term soulmate.

You’re Not Trying To Change Them

When you’re with the right person, you accept and love them for who they are right now, flaws and all. If you find yourself thinking about how much you will love them when they reach their full potential, that person may not your soulmate after all. People do change, but you can’t change them, and if you don’t love them as they are, you may never truly be in love with them.

You’re Being The Real You

You should always feel comfortable being yourself, expressing your feelings, and acting the way you want to act around your significant other. If you find that you feel you have to hold back or be someone you’re not around them, that person is probably not your soulmate. Soulmates accept and love and cherish each other for who they are in the present.

You Can Talk To Them About Anything

Soulmates bare their souls to each other, even when there is something uncomfortable or difficult to address. Communication is of utmost importance to a healthy relationship. Soulmates know this and work together to resolve issues or deal with life’s complexities together. They realize that what ever it is, it will be easier to work out as a team rather than alone.

You Respect Your Differences

No two people agree on every little thing, not even soulmates. You know you are with your soulmate when you respect their opinion, even if you don’t agree with it. That is much more than agreeing to disagree. It is listening and honoring what they have to say, no matter if you feel differently.

Your Gut Tells You It’s Right

Animal instincts are thousands of years old, and just because we live in time of modern science and technology does not mean we should disregard what our instincts are telling us. Sometimes, we just know when we’ve found the one. Other times, we know when a person just isn’t right for us. We can’t always explain why we feel the way we do about a person, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to our gut.