We love [healthy] love
healthy relationship traits
Everyone deserves to have healthy relationships where we feel safe, supported, and still independent.
Here are four healthy traits we like to focus on.
treat others how they want to be treated
be your own person
Respect is sometimes called the "Golden Rule," which proposes to treat others how you want to be treated. But TAP808 likes to say, “Treat others how they want to be treated.” And the only way to know how someone else wants to be treated is by asking them!
In a respectful relationship, partners should:
Practice healthy communication and listen to each other
Ask for partner’s opinion on what they want to do
Respect each other’s boundaries and the right to say "No"
Value opinions, beliefs, and culture, even if they differ from your own
Acknowledge partner’s wants and needs
Respect chosen pronouns and comfort level in disclosing the relationship to others
No matter how long you’ve been together, space and boundaries are major! Both people in the relationship deserve to have independence, where personal space and boundaries are encouraged.
In a relationship with space, partners should:
Be able to spend time with friends and family
Trust each other without making the partner “check in”
Trust partner without checking their social media to prove location
Respect partner’s boundaries and what they are comfortable with
Don’t accuse partner of cheating or being unfaithful when text messages go unanswered
Share openly and honestly about thoughts or concerns in the relationship
Respect each others privacy
equal decision making
relationships should take work, but shouldn't be a chore
Equality is a crucial part of a healthy relationship. One person should not have control over all the decision making, and partners need to work together to find balance.
In an equal relationship, partners should:
Mutually care about the relationship
Do nice things for each other
Go to places or participate in activities that both people enjoy
Split the cost of dates
Offer support and build each other up
Treat each other as equals
During disagreements, be honest with partner and listen to their needs
Your relationships should be a fun thing. You should be able to work on making yourself a better partner or friend, but you should also be able to have fun with the people you care most about.
In a fun relationship, partners can:
Enjoy nature or go to fun places together
Watch movies that both partners enjoy
Have a picnic at the beach
Go on a romantic date
Play video games together
Spend time with friends
Hang out and get to know each other