We all want to have healthy relationships, but most of us were never taught about what that actually means. Healthy relationships have been shown to increase happiness, improve health and reduce stress. Studies show that people with healthy relationships have more happiness and less stress. There are basic ways to make relationships healthy, even though each relationship is different. The key is being communicative and proactive.
All romantic relationships go through ups and downs and they all take work, commitment, and willingness to adapt and change with your partner. But whether your relationship is just starting out or you have been together for years, there are steps you can take to build a healthy relationship. Even if you have experienced a lot of failed relationship in the past or have struggles before to rekindle the fires of romance in your current relationship, you can find ways to stay connected, find fulfilment, and enjoy lasting happiness.
Firstly, what makes a healthy relationship?
Every relationship is unique, and people come together for different reasons. Part of what defines a healthy relationship is sharing a common goal for exactly what you want the relationship to be and where you want it to go. And that’s something you will know by talking deeply and honestly with your partner.
However, there are also some characteristics that most healthy relationships have in common. Knowing these basic principles can help keep your relationship meaningful, fulfilling and exciting whatever goals you are working towards or challenges you are facing together.
Maintain a Meaningful Emotional Connection
Make each other feel loved and emotionally fulfilled. There’s a difference between being loved and feeling loved. When you feel loved, it makes you feel accepted and valued by your partner, like someone truly gets you.
Not Being Afraid of (Respectful) Disagreement
Some couples talk things out quietly, while others may raise their voices and passionately disagree. The key in a healthy relationship, though, is not to be fearful of conflict. You need to feel safe to express things that bother you without fear of retaliation, and be able to resolve conflict without humiliation, degradation, or insisting on being right.
Communicate Openly and Honestly
Good communication is a key of any healthy relationship. When both people know what they want from the relationship and feel comfortable expressing their needs, fears, and desires, it can increase trust and strengthen the bond between you.
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