Qualities of Good Relationships

Romantic or sexual relationships are one way to connect and share with other people. And romantic or sexual relationships often play an important role in our overall health and well-being. What are the qualities of a good and healthy relationship?

Communication, equality and respect are the keys to building a healthy relationship. The following tips can help you create and maintain a healthy relationship.

Being True To Yourself:
Yes, a relationship takes two people and both have to make compromises for the relationship to work - but you must not lose yourself in the process. You probably have friends, families, hobbies and other interests - make sure that you keep all of these and have time for them even when you are in a relationship. If you have to break off from your family, friends and interests, then your relationship is no longer healthy. Or if you can not express yourself because your Boyfriend (BF) or Girlfriend (GF) may not like it, then you need to re-evaluate your relationship.

Openness and Honesty:
Say what you mean and mean what you say. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to lie to your partner, then things are not going well. If your partner also tells serious lies, then you should be careful because you cannot trust a person who lies.

Respect:
Every relationship should have a solid foundation of respect. Respect for each other. Your partner should respect you for who you are, not for who they want you to be or who they wished you were. They must also respect your word and boundaries too. If you say ‘No’, then they must immediately back off! Your partner should not ridicule or make jest of what you choose to do or what you choose not to do.

Trust In a Relationship:
Do you both trust each other? Or you lose it when you see your partner with someone else? Yes, a little jealousy is part of love but over-the-top kind of jealousy points at something deeper and dangerous. So watch it.

Mutual Support:
One of the very nice things about relationships is having someone to rely on. Someone to hold your hands through tough times and someone to share your joys with. While it is natural for your partner to be there for you in good times, beware also of partners who are always more comfortable only when things are not going fine. There is a red flag there. So also should you be careful of fair-weather partners who are only happy to be with you when the going is good. The key word here is balance.

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