Tips for Creating and Keeping a Healthy Relationship
- Communication: Make sure that you and your boyfriend/girlfriend want and expect the same things from your relationship.
- Speak up: When something bothers you, talk about it. Don't hold it in.
- Respect: Mutual respect is an important part of any healthy relationship. Let your boyfriend/girlfriend know that their feelings and ideas are important to you.
- Compromise: Conflict is normal, but it's important to solve arguments in a fair and respectful way.
- Be supportive: Offer comfort and encouragement to your boyfriend/girlfriend and let them know when you need support.
- Respect each other's privacy: Just because you're in a relationship doesn't mean you have to share everything. Healthy relationships require space.
Guidelines for healthy communication
- Timing counts: Taking time to cool off will prevent you from saying or doing something hurtful in the heat of the moment as well as clarify what the problem is.
- Agree to disagree and move on: There are some issues that both people will never completely agree on. Agree to disagree and come up with a compromise.
- Make your message clear: Be clear about your wants and needs.
- Discuss one thing at a time: Do your best to keep the focus on settling one concern at a time.
- Really listen: Don't interrupt. Focus on what your boyfriend/girlfriend is really saying rather than thinking about your response.
- Take a win-win position: The goal is for the relationship to "win" over someone "winning" an argument.
10 Signs you are in a healthy relationships
- You give each other personal space.
- You trust each other.
- You don't rush milestones.
- You can talk about anything.
- You inspire each other to be better.
- You appreciate the little things
- You accept each other for who you are.
- You hold each other up during tough times.
- You are able to let go of the past.
- You're relationship has gotten stronger over time.