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What Makes a Relationship Healthy?

What Makes a Relationship Healthy?

Healthy relationships don’t look the same for everyone since people have different needs. Our specific needs around communication, sex, affection, space, shared hobbies or values, and so on may change throughout life.

So, a relationship that works in our 20s may be nothing like the relationship we want in our 30s.

In short, “healthy relationship” is a broad term because what makes a relationship thrive depends on the needs of the people in it.


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Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

  1. Respect for privacy and space. We don’t have to be with our partner 24/7.
  2. Our partner encourages us to spend time with friends without them, and to participate in activities that we enjoy.
  3. We feel comfortable expressing our opinions and concerns to our partner.
  4. Our feel physically safe and our partner doesn’t force us to have sex or to do things that make we feel uncomfortable.
  5. Our partner respects our wishes and feelings and we can compromise and negotiate when there are disagreements or conflicts.


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Pt. 1 ~ The foundation of a healthy relationship includes:

Pt. 1 ~ The foundation of a healthy relationship includes:

1. Boundaries

We and our partner are able to find ways to meet each other’s’ needs in ways that we both feel comfortable with.

2. Communication

We and our partner can share our feelings, even when we don’t agree, in a way that makes the other person feel safe, heard, and not judged.

3. Trust

Building trust can take time and allows couples to be vulnerable with one another knowing that they can rely on the other person.


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Pt. 2 ~ The foundation of a healthy relationship includes:

Pt. 2 ~ The foundation of a healthy relationship includes:

4. Consent

Most commonly used when we’re being sexually active, giving consent means that we are okay with what is happening, and that no one is forcing us or guilting us into doing anything that we don’t want to do. Consent can be given and taken back at any time, and giving consent once does not mean we automatically give consent in the future.


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