Whether it’s with a friend, family member, intimate partner, co-worker, acquaintance or beyond, healthy relationships bring happiness and excitement to our lives. Studies show that people with healthy relationships really do have more happiness and less stress, mainly because they can turn to those relationships for strength & support. The quality of your life is found in the quality of your relationships.
Connectedness with others is an important to health and well-being and is something that we all strive to achieve. We also share the basic need to belong. Healthy relationships not only help us to attain this, but also give us a sense of identity. The foundation to any healthy relationship is built on Respect, Trust, Honesty and Communication. Why are these for components so important?
- Respect: Beyond initial chemistry, it is the heart and soul at the foundation of the relationship. Without respect for each other, the relationship will eventually fade when the happiness or infatuation chemical our brain produces fades away. You can demonstrate respect by supporting the other person’s ideas, beliefs & goals and recognizing each other’s boundaries & expectations.
- Trust: Because without trust you would not be able to have confidence to share your feelings, emotions, and self with someone else. Trust means to believe. When you extend your trust to someone, it means that you have no doubt in your mind about the honesty, integrity and credibility of the other person. You can build trust by keeping true to your promises over time & by not being jealous of the time the other person spends with outside relationships.
- Honesty: Honesty is the keystone that keeps us together. At first we trust and if our trust is met with honesty then the relationship has comfort and a confidence which we naturally value as individuals. You can show honesty by sharing the “real” you, telling the truth and admitting when you’re wrong.
- Communication: Good communication is KEY helps in building proper understanding between the two and that actually contributes to the development of a better and healthier relationship; it strengthens the bond, keeps the spark alive, and is helpful when conflicts arise. Effective communication includes listening & actually hearing what the other person says, expressing your thoughts, requests & needs and working through disagreements together.
If you are in an intimate partner relationship and are questioning the health of that relationship, you can check out more about Health Relationships on loveisrespect.org. https://www.loveisrespect.org/everyone-deserves-a-healthy-relationship/