What Is a Healthy Relationship?
What exactly do we mean by healthy relationships? Who in the relationship decides what is healthy and what is not?
COMMUNICATION and BOUNDARIES are the two major parts of a healthy relationship. Ultimately, the two people in the relationship decide what is healthy for them and what is not. If something doesn’t feel right, you should have the freedom to tell your partner.
Communication allows you to understand each other on a deep level, and it helps you work through conflicts. In a healthy relationship with good communication, both partners:
- Treat each other with respect
- Speak openly to one another about thoughts and feelings
- Feel heard when expressing feelings
- Listen to each other and compromise
- Do not criticize each other
- Feel supported to do the things they like to do
- Celebrate each other’s accomplishments and successes
Allow each other to spend time with friends and family
Do not abuse technology to check on a partner
Trust each other and don't need their partner to “check in”
Do not pressure the other to do things that they don’t want to do
Do not accuse the other of cheating or being unfaithful