A healthy union with your partner is necessary for your wellness. The word “healthy” may sound complicated but trust me, it’s always the little things like being genuine, caring, respectful, and loving to each other that actually count for a relationship to grow healthily.
According to Mary Jo Rapini, a psychotherapist and author encouraging healthy relationships, it is very important to identify the signs of a healthy relationship when dating. Many couples do not realize red flags aka unhealthy signs of a relationship, especially if they grew up in a household where all the red flags seemed normal, says Rapini.
Now let’s understand where your relationship stands. Following are 10 signs that you and your partner are in a healthy relationship;
You both are honest, genuine and trustful with each other
There’s nothing more appreciated than being authentic to one another when dating. When you’re genuine, have pure intentions, and are honest with each other, you automatically notice how much your relationship blooms.
You both check-in on each other
If you and your partner take time from your day to check in on each other it is a very healthy sign that you both actually care about one another. It doesn’t have to be long calls or lengthy text messages. A simple “how’s your day going?” text can make a big difference.
And every few months, take a minute and think about the following things (don’t forget to tell your partner to do the same);
- “how’s your relationship going?”
- Is there anything your partner needs from you (more or less)?
- Rate the relationship with your partner on a scale of 1-5.
You both respect each other’s differences
Every human is unique and you can’t expect your partner to have the same feelings and needs just as you. So, if you and your partner have already understood each other’s differences it is a very good sign that you’re in a healthy relationship.
You both communicate your needs, thoughts, feelings and even desires
If you and your partner communicate your needs and expectations with each other it is a positive sign. This is a good way to spice things up from time to time when dating!
Offer support whenever its needed
Healthy relationships will continue to thrive because each person makes their partner’s needs and problems just as important as their own. So, if both of you provide little support to each other from time to time whenever it is needed, it is a very positive sign!
Giving room for change and growth
No one has it all together. It’s the beauty of love. It’s easy to magnify someone’s flaws and leave them for that reason. But in a healthy relationship, partners grow and change together.
You know each other’s love language
Learning your partner’s love language is really important for your relationship to bloom. Not understanding your partner’s love language will have you buying expensive gifts for someone who just needs you to mop the floor after a shower. That’s why it is necessary to understand your partner’s love language because we’re uniquely different.
You are comfortable with how you look or your body
Having a partner that actively loves your body and makes you feel comfortable in your own skin is a good sign of a healthy relationship. It adds a soft side to the connection between you and your lover.
You don’t feel pressured/ forced when having sex with your partner
If you feel like you are forced to have sex with your partner and there’s no fun doing it with that person, it is something to consider as it is not a very healthy sign. Communicating your desires is necessary to have a good time with your lover. Don’t expect your partner to read your mind.
Not every person has all these qualities with them and it is quite normal. But the above signs are very much needed for a relationship to bloom happily and healthily.
p.s. there’s always room for growth and change!
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