We all strive to find a healthy relationship but how do we know if we are in one? It can be pretty clear when you are in an unhealthy relationship but it can be harder to know when you are in a good one. Even healthy relationships can be messy and painful sometimes. It’s important to look for and appreciate the great parts of a healthy relationship. These 6 signs can indicate that you are in a healthy relationship.
Laughter- Can you think of the last time you and your partner shared a laugh—maybe at a movie, maybe something your child did, or maybe even at the ludicrousness of the fight you are having about the right way to load the dishes? Don’t take yourselves too seriously. Find ways to spend time together with your partner that encourage you to have fun and forget about stresses that may be filling up your day.
Healthy communication- Communication about the big things and little things in our lives are equally important. Do you have deep conversations with your partner that challenge the way you think about life? Can you let your partner know that it drives you crazy when they squeeze the toothpaste from the middle or that is can’t be that hard to put the dirty clothes in the laundry hamper? Don’t settle with status quo; push each other to continue to talk even if the conversations might be difficult. There is a good chance you can find a deeper connection by engaging in continuous and improved communication with your partner.
Healthy sex life- Do you have a sex life that works for both of you? If not, can you talk with your partner about your feelings and thoughts about sex? Sex can be a sensitive topic for many couples because stress and life events can drastically change sex in the relationship. Create ways for you and your partner to get excited about sex again.
Allow each other to be individuals- As important as it is to be close with your partner, it is just as important to allow for your growth as an individual. Do you have your own hobbies, jobs, exercise, girl time/guy time, etc.? This time apart can remind you of why you love to spend time with your partner. It can also allow you to grow as an individual and increase your self worth.
Fight fair- All couples argue! What is important is how you fight and how you make up. Allowing each person to express his or her frustrations, taking turns, and eventually making up, help make fights healthier. And finally, the best part of fair fighting is makeup sex!
Make time together a priority- As busy as we all are today, scheduling time together might be the most important thing we can do to create and maintain a healthy relationship. Going on dates, finding a hobby to do together, and just being near each other is so important in the continued growth of all couples.
There isn’t a manual for the perfect marriage because every couple is different. What might work for one couple might be a disaster for another. Communication and adaptation are the cornerstones for building a strong relationship. As individuals, we are constantly changing, which means that couples are always changing. So how we adapt and continue to grow is what makes a couple even stronger and happier.
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