No matter what type of relationship, it is important to date and befriend people who bring out the best in us. Healthy relationships are built on trust, respect, and communication.
Here are some tips for creating and maintaining a healthy relationship!
- Speak Up: In a healthy relationship, if something is bothering you, it’s best to talk about it instead of holding it in.
- Respect Your Partner: Your partner's wishes and feelings have value. Let your significant other know you are making an effort to keep their ideas in mind and understand their expectations and boundaries. You should both value each other’s individuality and neither partner should have to compromise who they are.
- Compromise: Disagreements are a natural part of healthy relationships, but it’s important that you find a way to compromise if you disagree on something. Acknowledge different points of view and try to solve conflicts in a fair and rational way.
- Be Supportive: Offer reassurance and encouragement to your partner. Also, let your partner know when you need their support. Healthy relationships are about building each other up, not putting each other down.
- Respect Each Other's Privacy: Just because you’re in a relationship, doesn’t mean you have to share everything and constantly be together. Healthy relationships require space and should not make either partner feel isolated from their friends and family.
- Establish Healthy Boundaries: Set boundaries together so you both can have a deeper understanding of the type of relationship you and your partner want. It is important to make sure you both want and expect the same thing and even more important to feel comfortable communicating that to each other.
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Information adapted with permission from loveisrespect.org.