Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale recently spoke out about one of the most asked questions of the dating game: is it really all about looks?  According to People, as far as Tisdale is concerned, the answer is definitely “no.”   Although she admits that, in high school, dating centered a lot more on superficial qualities.  Now, Tisdale says, “ I am more into a guy’s personality.  I like someone I can have fun with and who can be more laid-back than I am, because it calms me down.”What are the most important characteristics to look for in a potential partner?

Cupid’s Advice:

Physical attraction plays a key part in a successful relationship.  However, in the end, lasting romance is made of much more than good looks.  Cupid has some advice on the qualities that really matter when it comes to picking a partner:

1. Sense of humor: Laughter is essential in keeping romance alive.  If someone helps you loosen up and have some fun, then they are someone who’ll really brighten up your life.  It’ll be a joy to be with them and around them!

2. Mutual respect: Look for a partner who treats you right.  Your partner should respect who you are as a person.  Being with someone who undermines you or makes you feel inferior is unhealthy.  Also, it’s important to look for a mate who respects himself, takes care of himself and has confidence.

3. Determination: Look for a partner who has some sort of direction in life.  When you begin a relationship with someone, it’s important that you help each other grow as individuals.  Determination and motivation are important in that process.  Without goals, people tend to get stagnant in their lives.

For “Ten Essential Qualities to Look for in a Partner,” follow Cupid to Hopeless Romantic.

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