Relationships are not always easy. In fact, they can be a lot of work. However, if you’re willing to put in that work, the payoff can be huge. There are some fundamental elements that are key to maintaining healthy relationships.
- You Can Do Things Apart. A wonderful aspect of being in a relationship is the ability to enjoy various aspects of life with one another. While it is great to have shared interests and important to partake in activities together, it is just as important to maintain your independence. Whether you do this by taking time out to spend with the gals, poker night in with the guys, or maybe this just means that you go for that trail run solo. Independence over codependency can mean the difference between unhealthy and healthy relationships.
- You Have Trust. Sure, some might say that a little jealousy isn’t such a bad thing, but the reality is that you really don’t want that green-eyed monster lurking around your relationship. It is one of those things that is so sacred that if you lose it, it can be incredibly difficult, if not nearly impossible to get it back. Trust is so important and really serves as one of the main cornerstones to building a healthy relationship with your significant other.
- You Compromise. A relationship is a partnership between two people who are considerate, kind and supportive of one another. Relationships are a two-way street and both parties should feel equally respected and that they truly have the other person in their corner. There is no room for selfishness in relationships. To maintain a healthy partnership with your significant other, you must be able to compromise at times and vice versa.
- You Are Honest. Do you feel like you can be open with your significant other about anything? Does the idea that they might pass judgment on you if you are honest with them about a certain subject never even cross your mind? If you answered yes, then chances are you are involved in a healthy relationship. Being honest and secure enough to voice your thoughts and feelings free from any negative repercussions is vital to growth, communication and healthy relationships.
- You Challenge One Another. Taking on challenges in life can be scary, but it is how we continue to grow as human beings and by doing so, can reap many rewards. A valued part of being in a relationship is when the other person not only supports you in your hopes and aspirations, but challenges you to go after them. A supportive partner will know when to push you help you accomplish your goals and be there for you no matter what.