What Makes A Relationship Healthy?

                                                                                                                                                                           Communication

The most important part of any healthy relationship between two people is being able to talk and listen to one another. You can share your feelings with the other person and trust that they will be there to listen and support you. Communication is based on honesty and trust. By listening carefully and sharing your thoughts and feelings with another person, you show them that they are an important part of your life.

Respect

In healthy relationships, you learn to respect and trust important people in your life. Disagreements may still happen, but you learn to stay calm and talk about how you feel. In healthy relationships, people respect each other for who they are. This includes respecting and listening to yourself and your feelings so you can set boundaries and feel comfortable.

Other Components of a Healthy Relationship

Trust.

Belief or confidence that someone is reliable, good, honest, etc.  - who they say they are.

Honesty.

It is hard to trust someone when one of you isn't being honest.

Support.

It's not just in bad times that your partner should support you. In a healthy relationship, your significant other is there to celebrate the good times and be there for you when things aren't going so well.

Fairness/equality.

You need to have give and take in your relationship, too.  Do you take turns choosing which new movie to see?  As a couple, do you hang out with your partner's friends as often as you hand out with yours?  Power struggles aren't a healthy ingredient in a relationship.

Separate Identities.

In a healthy relationship, everyone needs to make compromises. But, that doesn't mean you should feel like you are losing out on being yourself.  When you started going out, you both had your own lives (families, friends, interests, hobbies, etc.) and that shouldn't change.