10 Most Common Non-Negotiables

Last week Frisky staffers shared our lists of the five non-negotiables when it comes to looking for a potential partner, and we asked you in the Friskyverse to share yours. We so enjoyed your lists that we thought we’d compile them into a greatest hits, if you will. After the jump, the definitive list of your ten most common non-negotiables.

  1. Physical Affection. We’ve got a bunch of avid huggers, kissers, cuddlers, and sexers out there. Well, I guess you are frequenting The Frisky, so we’re not really surprised.
  2. Honesty. It sounds like a platitude, but honesty really is so dang important. For the sake of this list, I am lumping “faithfulness,” “loyalty,” and “dependability” into this category because I think they fall under the giant honesty umbrella, ella, ella.
  3. Sense of Humor. We like to laugh our way through life. Bwahahahah!
  4. Respect. What’s the point of trying to build a solid relationship if respect is not the foundation? If anyone knows, please share.
  5. Kids. Kidlets are a hot list item for many of us. Either we want ‘em or we don’t. But most importantly, we want someone who feels the same way about wanting ‘em.
  6. Active. So I take it most of us don’t want a partner who sits around looking at The Frisky all day? I am saddened, but I suppose I can forgive you for wanting a mate who will log off for an hour to go to the gym.
  7. Simpatico Political/ Religious Beliefs. Having an SO with similar religious/political beliefs certainly does give you way less to engage in embittered debates about.
  8. Financial Stability. Financial idiots not welcome here. If you want to get serious with us, learn how to balance your checkbook and then we can talk.
  9. Open. Open to new experiences. Open to change. Open to life. We like our people open, not closed.
  10. Ambition. We like a potential mate to have a little fire under their ass when it comes to grabbing the brass ring.