Relationships are hard. No one ever said they were easy! What does it take to have a healthy relationship that lasts forever? It turns out happy, long-term relationships all share some common aspects. Check out the six key components of a healthy relationship below:
Every healthy relationship is built on a foundation of trust. Happy couples trust one another completely. This means they are able to share anything with each other and their relationship is not filled with constant mistrust and paranoia. If you don't trust your partner, you will never feel safe and comfortable in your relationship.
Communication is the most vital aspect of a healthy relationship. Without communication, there is no relationship at all. You should be able to talk to your partner about anything and vice versa. If you cannot share your feelings with them, your emotions will only build up and lead to problems. Healthy couples know how to communicate openly and avoid these problems.
Happy, healthy relationships consist of a mutual respect between both partners. You need to treat your partner with respect and they need to treat you with respect as well. This means you do not intentionally hurt your partner, emotionally or physically and they do not do anything that would hurt you.
Common courtesy and kindness goes a long way. No one wants to be with someone who is mean and unkind. Two people who are kind and understanding can build a healthy, long-term relationship because they will treat each other with care.
You may be tempted to be with your partner at all times, but the healthiest relationships include some space every now and then. Happy couples know when to give one another space. If you're with your partner all the time, they will feel smothered and eventually push you away.
6. Common Interests
They say that opposites attract, but in a healthy relationship you should share some common interests with your partner. Having common interests gives you more things to talk about and more things to do together. This all leads to more memories and a happier relationship.