Most men and women have things they look for when dating or courting someone of the opposite gender. Call them requirements or criteria, but consciously or subconsciously, men and women pay attention to them. In the November 2012 issue of Self magazine, Nina Dobrev told readers and her fans what
she required of Ian Somerhalder before they officially became a couple.
“He has to be a happy person,” she said is her relationship requirement. Did he make her happy? He sure did: “You’ll laugh and enjoy life more,” she said. Because Somerhalder is a happy person, she credits him with being one way to deal with any stress in her life. Does Dobrev have other ways? Yes: yoga and chocolate.
In a previous interview for Seventeen magazine she had more detail in what she meant. “I think people should be with the person who makes them smile.” She states that you shouldn't be in that relationship if you don’t smile anymore. Dobrev praises that it’s okay to have good and bad experiences with dating because you’ll find out what you do and don’t like in a person. “It’s part of growing up and learning,” she added. “You should always be with the people who make you feel happiest.”