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5 Signs You Are in a Healthy Relationship

Updated: Jul 8, 2023


5 Signs You're in a Healthy Relationship

Robin Williams rightly said, "I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone." Being with someone who's just wrong for you is one of the worst things that can happen to you.


But how does one end up in such a situation? Well, it is not uncommon to view everything with rose-tinted glasses when you're in love or attracted to a person so we sometimes ignore the glaring red flags and try to stick to that person.


Moreover, a lot of us have a rather distorted view of what a relationship should be like. This may be due to observing the relationship between our parents or others' relationships around us.

Therefore, it's not unusual for you to wonder if your current relationship is healthy or not or if you want to know the signs of a healthy relationship for future reference.


Let's understand what a healthy relationship is before heading over to check out the sins that indicate you're in a healthy relationship.


What is a healthy relationship?


A healthy relationship is not just about sexual attraction, sharing common interests and opinions, exploring new restaurants together, etc. It involves respect, trust, equality, communication between partners, honesty, boundaries, etc.


A healthy relationship is one where both partners can be themselves and brings out the best in both of you.


Relationships have a huge impact on our habits, health, self-esteem, etc. People who are trapped in toxic relationships are more stressed, depressed, etc and people in healthy relationships showcase more healthy habits.


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Now, let's jump to the reason why you're here - to find out the signs of being in a healthy relationship.


5 Signs You Are in a Healthy Relationship


Healthy relationships are not devoid of any flaws and are not perfect all the time. However. the below-given signs are what one needs to envision and strive to achieve for one's relationship.


1. You Both Trust Each Other

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A key component of a healthy relationship is trust. Individuals feel more secure and are more vulnerable and open in their relationships.


Trust is built over time and if you or your partner fails to abide by your words then building trust can prove to be very difficult. The absence of trust leads to a rise in jealousy, insecurity and conflict.

It causes mental, emotional, and physical distress. Engaging in open communication and learning from and mending mistakes can help build trust in your relationship.


2. Mutual Respect


Who said love is enough to have a happy relationship? Respect is equally important. Another key feature of a healthy relationship is mutual respect. Dalai Lama once said, "Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony."


Why is respect important? Just imagine being with someone who doesn't respect you, takes all the big decisions alone (even if it affects you too), disregards your opinions and is condescending towards you.


Seems bad, right? Isn't respecting one's partner the bare minimum? Lack of respect in a relationship leads to unhappiness.


If you and your partner respect each other, hooray your relationship is healthy.


3. Good Communication


A core element of successful and healthy relationships is good communication between the partners. Partners should be able to communicate openly and freely with each other.


It makes their bond stronger by building trust, promoting understanding, increasing intimacy, and preventing misunderstandings. We can say that good communication is the basis of all the other features of a healthy relationship.

Communication also helps in resolving conflicts. How? Sharing what's bothering you helps you and your partner to work on it and come to a compromise or resolve it.


4. Boundaries


Some people have a misconception that there should be no boundaries between partners and they view boundaries as bad.


However, boundaries are not essentially bad. In fact, there should be some boundaries between the partners to maintain one's individuality and identity, physical well-being and mental well-being.


5. Consent


Consent is the mutual and enthusiastic agreement between two individuals to engage in sexual activity. But we're in a relationship, what's the need for consent?


If you think like that then you wake up! Consent is needed even if you're in a relationship. Sometimes, one might be drunk or physically unable to make the decision to engage in a sexual activity or one might not just be in the mood.


Whatever the reason, one needs to respect their partner's choice.


Conclusion


Now that we have looked at the five signs of a healthy relationship, you might have figured out if your relationship is healthy or not. If not, you and your partner can try working on it. And if you're not in a relationship right now, I hope this article gives you an idea of what to look for in a relationship.




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