What is a Healthy Relationship?

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Everyone deserves to have healthy relationships that allow both partners to feel safe and supported, yet still independent. Healthy relationships are good for your health! If you have supportive, loving relationships, you are more likely to feel satisfied with your life. So, what do healthy relationships look like?

Healthy relationships are EQUAL
A healthy relationship based with equality is based on shared decision making. While equality can be defined as everything being exactly the same for everyone, or an even 50/50 split, equality within a relationship is often more complex. Equality can mean different things to different people, and there are many examples of equality in dating relationships.  In a healthy relationship, both partners:

  • Make decisions together
  • Do things for each other
  • Split or alternate the cost of dates
  • Go places/participate in activities they both enjoy
  • Give as much as they receive
  • Offer support- relationships should be about building each other up, not putting each other down
  • Treat one another as equals

Healthy relationships are RESPECTFUL
Respect- the “Golden Rule.” It’s simple: treat others as you want to be treated. In a healthy relationship based on respect, both partners:

  • Listen to what their partner has to say
  • Ask each other what they want to do
  • Respect their partner’s boundaries and right to say “no”
  • Value their partner’s opinions, beliefs, and culture, even if it differs from theirs
  • Respect each others wants and needs
  • Respect chosen pronouns and comfort level disclosing relationship to others

Healthy relationships have SPACE/BOUNDARIES
Space and boundaries are very important in relationships- no matter how long the couple has been together. Both partners should always be able to have personal space and time away from their partner, and boundaries should always be respected. In a healthy relationship, both partners:

  • Spend time with friends and family, away from their partner
  • Do not abuse technology to check on a partner
  • Trust each other and don’t require their partner to “check in”
  • Do not pressure the other to do things that they don’t want to do
  • Do not constantly accuse the other of cheating or being unfaithful
  • Respect each others privacy

There are many other traits that help create healthy relationships, including:

  • Trust
  • Open communication
  • Honesty
  • Love
  • Acceptance
  • Loyalty
  • Humor
  • Fun (nobody wants to be in a boring relationship!)

Everyone deserves to have healthy relationships. If you aren’t sure if your relationship is healthy, check out our Healthy Relationships Quiz to get a better idea.

 


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