All of us want to be in happy and healthy relationships. However, it is safe to say finding that type of relationship is a lot harder than it appears on the surface. While society and the media constantly make us believe that healthy relationships are everywhere, they are much harder to maintain than most of us understand. In fact, if we constantly believed the improper messages of the media then we would find ourselves focusing solely on the attractiveness of a partner instead of what truly matters like who they are as a person. As a result, a relationship that withstands the test of time is one based on mutual respect and understanding. Although it is inevitable that every single relationship will endure rough patches, the core of a healthy relationship is based on a variety of factors. These factors can be noticed early on and here are just a few of the signs that depict a healthy relationship!
Always On The Same Page
When you and your partner are always on the same page when it comes to your basic values and core beliefs, you can ensure that the relationship is rooted in mutual respect. In fact, when both people in a relationship understand what each person wants out of the relationship and these beliefs coincide with one another, the relationship is off to a great start.
Trust Is Essential
Being able to trust your partner is the only way to ensure that both partners respect one another. In fact, being able to openly discuss everything- the good and the bad- is the cornerstone of all healthy relationships. By having open and honest conversations with a partner, relationships are given the opportunity to grow and evolve. As a result, both partners are able to become better versions of themselves when they are in healthy relationships.
Maintaining A Sense Of Personal Identity Is Crucial
Being able to keep your own identity in any relationship is important. In fact, a relationship should never define you. Relying on something outside of yourself for your identity is simply a recipe for disaster. Consider what happens if the relationship ends- you end up losing your sense of self. Having a strong sense of self is a vital component to any healthy relationship and is important to remember, especially when starting a new romance.
A Balance Of Time Spent Together And Apart
Getting into a new relationship is all very exciting. Wanting to spend all your free time with a partner is a sign that you have feelings for someone and enjoy their company. While this is all well and good, it is important to not forget to do activities that you enjoy all by yourself. While you want to share experiences with a partner like hiking or traveling, cultivating activities or hobbies that are all your own is still a necessary part of your life if you want to have a healthy relationship. Bing your own individual requires you to do things that you enjoy on your own and spend time with friends without a significant other constantly in tow.
Growth Is Encouraged
Mutual respect goes hand in hand with an evolving relationship. In fact, a relationship that is allowed the time and space to grow is one where both partners are encouraging of one another. When a relationship is fostered in an environment that encourages growth, both partners are happier and learn from any mistakes that are made along the way. As a result, both partners are able to be their own individual selves while also sharing their love with one another and allowing for both people to grow as necessary.
Now, I’d love to hear from all of you! Have you been in a healthy relationship and seen certain signs that you instantly knew this was going to be a healthy relationship? If so, please share in the comments below. As always, I love reading all your comments and feedback! Let us all continue the conversation below.