Healthy relationships don’t come out of thin air, but instead take effort from both parties. Set yourself up for success, and follow these tips to have a thriving relationship.
If you can’t love yourself, how can you love somebody else? Being comfortable with who you are means you’ll be a happier partner, capable of receiving love.
Every healthy relationship needs good communication, so talk about your feelings and needs. If you’re upset, don’t make your partner figure it out, but instead tell them how you feel. Likewise, make sure your partner knows when they do something that makes you happy.
Healthy relationships require honesty, even about things that may seem insignificant. Few things can harm a relationship more than lying. Part of what makes you a great team is how your differences complement each other, and at times you may have to agree to disagree. Being able to compromise and respect each other’s opinion is crucial for healthy conflict.
Lastly, try not to spend every waking moment together. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and it’s healthy to have your own friends and interests outside the relationship.