Maintaining relationships of all kinds is something you must work at. These relationships don’t just automatically become functional without some trial and error on each parties behalf. With so many different people out there and different ideas about what one’s relationship should or shouldn’t be about, it is helpful to know where you stand in your current relationship. Is your relationship healthy or unhealthy? These are five signs of a healthy relationship. If you don’t have any of these signs in the current relationship you are in, you need to reevaluate it and find out what you can do to get back onto the healthy track. If these are what your relationship is about, it seems as though you are on the right path.
This is a super important part of any relationship, good or bad. Communication defines the relationship. If you are in a healthy balanced relationship, you should be able to listen to your partner and be able to support them without letting your own feelings get in the way. Also, when listening to your partner speak, you should not interrupt or give opinions based on what they are saying.
You Recognize When Your Partner Is Hurt
Sometimes things are said that shouldn’t have been or didn’t need to be. It happens in every relationship. If you can recognize when your partner is hurt by what you said, it is apparent you both have bonded on that special level. At all costs, it is best to try and avoid the hurt feelings. If you can’t avoid it, make sure you aren’t brutal about it. Part of having a healthy relationship is being honest without being overly abrasive.
Allowing Your Partner “Me” Time
Being in a relationship doesn’t mean always having to be attached at the hip. While it is nice to see your partner frequently, sometimes a break is good. If you can do things separately from what your partner is doing, it will give you both some much needed “me” time and can even bring you closer. If there are issues with allowing one partner some space, this is a huge red flag for a possible obsession. Reconsidering your options at this point would be wise.
You Do Things Your Partner Wants To Do
There will come a time when your partner will want to do something you absolutely dread. You should be able to suck it up and do what your partner wants to do and in turn your partner will do the same. You both will enjoy separate activities, but enjoying the time with one another should outweigh whatever it is you don’t want to do.
You Enjoy Physical Contact
While many people aren’t fans of public displays of affection, it is nice once and a while to be out and share a kiss with your partner. Hugging and touching are important parts of a relationship. Often times when these elements are lost, the relationship begins a downward spiral. If you and your partner both enjoy holding hands, cuddling, and kissing you are on your way to a healthy relationship already!