Are you in a healthy relationship? Are you looking for one? Healthy relationships bring out the best in you. A healthy relationship does not mean a “perfect” relationship (that isn’t realistic), but healthy relationships, though not always easy, are tangible.
The signs below are behaviors we should strive for in all of our relationships. Check out these characteristics and behaviors of a healthy relationship.
Trust Is at the Core of the Relationship
The lack of trust can leave you unsure of whether you can even count on your partner, but trust can make you feel safe and secured, fostering an even stronger connection.
You Know Each Other’s Love Language
You’ve probably heard of the book called The 5 Love Languages by now. In it, you discover your partner’s “love language” — the way they prefer to give and receive love. In healthy relationships, individuals take time to learn each other’s “love language” so you can both express your love in a way that you understand and accept.
In healthy relationships, people show respect through treating each other in ways that don’t degrade, deprive, or belittle. They value each other’s time and opinions like they value their own and they protect each other’s privacy. These characteristics are shown regardless of whether they disagree or are upset with one another.
You Encourage Each Other to Go After Your Goals
A healthy relationship naturally brings out the best in you and you are encouraged to be the best you can be.
While mutual interests are great, it’s important to still live your own life ( have friendships, professional goals, and hobbies that are aside from your partner). In a healthy relationship, there is adequate overlap to keep the connection strong, but each person has aspects of their lives that are theirs alone, and that boundary is respected by both parties.
Grateful couples are usually more satisfied in their relationships and feel closer to each other. Relationships can fail when partners begin to take each other for granted. In a research done by the national library of medicine, it was found that the reported feelings of gratitude (of participants) towards a romantic partner predicted who would stay in their relationships and who would break up nine months later. The more grateful participants were, the more likely they were to still be in their relationship.
Showing gratitude goes beyond saying “thank you” after your partner takes out the trash. Gratitude includes appreciating not just what your partner does, but who they are as a person. You’re not just thankful that your partner took out the trash—you’re thankful that you have a partner who is thoughtful enough to know you hate taking out the trash. Gratitude means thinking about all of your partner’s best traits (and even your not so favorite ones that challenge you to be better) and remembering why you entered a relationship.
Healthy Conflict Resolution
The way a couple argues — or doesn’t — can predict a lot about their relationship’s success. Healthy relationships refrain from stonewalling and escalating into personal attacks when there is a difference of opinion or a problem. They are able to talk it through with patience, respect, empathy, and understanding.
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