Relationships can be a complicated and important part of our lives, but they also take work to sustain. The best relationships require both partners to be committed to each other and to work hard to create a positive relationship environment.
Healthy Relationships are characterized by certain characteristics, including:
A healthy relationship involves mutual respect for each other’s boundaries and value of each person’s identity. It’s also a safe place to open up and express feelings without fear of criticism or retaliation.
Honesty is another key factor in a healthy relationship. If you’re having a bad day, your partner can be a sounding board and offer advice on how to get through the day. They can help you decompress, encourage you to see a therapist, or offer support as you navigate your challenges.
Disagreements are normal and can be a part of any relationship, but the work that goes into resolving them should be respectful, not destructive. The goal is to find a resolution that both parties are happy with and that everyone is proud of.
Getting Close: The Benefits of Relationships
Studies have shown that people who are in healthy, close relationships tend to have more emotional support and are healthier overall. However, not all relationships are created equal, and some can have negative effects on health.