Entertainment Love and Romance How to Recognize Soulmate Characteristics in Your Marriage Share PINTEREST Email Print courtneyk / Getty Images Love and Romance Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Sheri Stritof University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sheri Stritof has written about marriage and relationships for 20+ years. She's the co-author of The Everything Great Marriage Book. our editorial process Sheri Stritof Updated January 15, 2018 If you believe in the soul mate concept, there may be times you question the health of your marriage. Here are soul mate characteristics that may be in a marriage. Key Signs of Soulmate Marriages In order to recognize your soul mate, you must first know yourself. Soulmate marriages can be well balanced, strong, and positive. There should be a lack of intimidation, manipulation, or abuse in a marriage of soul mates. A soul mate should make you feel safe. A relationship with a soul mate is expected to be a natural fit and usually feels like it is meant to be. Even so, every marriage, even a marriage of soul mates, takes the two spouses giving priority to their marriage relationship. A soul mate partner often feels like a mirror to their spouse. Though this does sound a bit boring. A marriage to a soul mate is filled with honesty and support. But then, so are successful marriages of couples who don't believe they are soul mates. There is a sense of familiarity and mutuality in a marriage to a soul mate as well as in long-lasting marriages. Soulmate marriages can be healthy, passionate and harmonious. Soulmate partners can easily get a lot done by working together. Couples who are soul mates often take joy in watching the growth of one another. A soul mate will accept who you are, will bring out the best in you, challenge you, and be your best friend. A soulmate will not require you to change. Hopefully, this is true of your spouse -- soul mate or not. Soul mates relish small moments together and cherish their commitment to their marriage. Tips for a Successful Marriage Be wary of looking for a mate who is ideal and who feels and thinks exactly the way you do. No one can live up to that kind of standard. Soulmates don't agree on everything. Don't use the soulmate concept as an excuse to walk away from your commitment to your marriage. Remember you can still have difficult times even when married to your soulmate. Romance is a gamble. Marriage takes attentiveness. The bottom line is that marrying a soul mate isn't necessary in order to have a successful and happy marriage.