A relationship can be defined differently by different people. What works for one relationship can differ greatly on what works for another couple. It takes effort to form a trusting and healthy partnership and most of all, it takes time.
There are a few basic ingredients that are needed for a healthy relationship. We will go over the keys to a healthy relationship which can help to build a solid partnership that only gets stronger over time.
The most fundamental element in a healthy relationship is the ability to communicate with each other. This is crucial to understanding each other’s expectations and needs. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
When you have a problem, you need to talk about it. Burying it and then, bringing it up during an argument will leave your partner bewildered and angry that you hadn’t brought it up previously.
Right up there with communication is trust. The lack of trust causes many relationships to fail and when someone has broken your trust, it can be difficult to trust another. However, you must give your new partner the benefit of the doubt until they have proven otherwise. Trust is something that can only be earned over time.
Both of you have feelings that are important. You both have need and wants that have value. It’s important to let your partner know that you can see things from their point of view as well. Even when we find that our partner has qualities that we don’t like all the time, we still need to accept our partners as they are and treat them with respect.
You and your partner will have disagreements and you both must be willing to compromise to meet each other halfway. It’s important to solve your conflicts with empathy and without resentment. It does no good to compromise and then resent your partner for forcing you to agree to something you really didn’t want to.
You have to compromise when it feels right. If it’s a moral issue that you can’t come to an agreement on, continue trying to work on it but never feel forced to agree to something if it feels wrong.
Respect Your Partner’s Privacy
Even when we commit to a partner to be faithful and true, this doesn’t mean that we have to share every waking moment with them and every feeling and thought.
Each partner in a relationship needs to have their own space. You do not need to be joined at the hip and giving each other space is important in any healthy relationship. It’s more important to have quality time together than to just spend time together and not enjoy it
Appreciate Each other
We can take the people we love the most for granted. It’s easy to forget to show them how much they mean to us. It doesn’t take much to show someone how much you appreciate them. Just a simple note, a card or even a flower can show someone how much you love and appreciate them.
The keys to a healthy relationship consists mainly of mutual respect and appreciation. Don’t compare your relationship to others.
Each relationship is different because we are all unique and different in our own ways. We each have experiences and past relationships, whether those relationships were with family, friends or lovers, each experience molds us into who we become.
It’s up to you and your partner to decide what works for you. As long as you both agree, that’s all that really matters in a healthy and loving relationship.