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  • Hello Psych2Go-ers!

  • We just wanna take the time to thank you for all your kind support!

  • We are a team of dedicated, passionate, and hard working individuals who come together every day with one goal in mind.

  • We want to make psychology come alive for you!

  • Many of us want to be in happy and meaningful relationships, but nowadays, in a dating scene plagued with superficiality and an abundance of choice, making a relationship long-term while staying sane is much easier said than done.

  • The initial spark is great, but it takes a lot more than attraction to sustain a relationship.

  • What are some ways we can keep a healthy relationship and ensure longevity with our partners you may ask?

  • Here are 12 signs you're in a healthy relationship!

  • 1. You communicate openly.

  • A great relationship starts with transparency.

  • Do you feel like you could communicate about anything with your partner, from personal needs to taboo topics?

  • Do the both of you take the time to listen and empathize with each other?

  • Good communication means using assertive techniques, which includes welcoming body language, concentrated listening, and respectful language.

  • 2. You argue.

  • This might sound strange, but arguing sometimes is actually healthy in a relationship.

  • Otherwise, you're probably just bottling up your feelings and letting them turn into resentment.

  • Couples who communicate well can argue effectively.

  • Both parties can state their opinions while trying to understand where the other person is coming from.

  • They also know when to apologize when they are wrong.

  • This point, however, shouldn't be confused with destructive fighting In which couples use aggressive behavior and language to hurt each other when they disagree about an issue.

  • 3. You keep relationship details private.

  • It's normal to turn to close friends and family for relationship advice when you run into conflict with your partner.

  • But making your problems public on social media is passive aggressive and can damage the trust you've built with them.

  • Everyone needs a sense of privacy to feel safe, including relationships!

  • 4. You don't hold grudges.

  • The more you get to know your partner, the more you may get on each other's nerves, which is normal.

  • We all get a little agitated from time to time and say and do things we don't mean that can upset our partners.

  • But holding a grudge, even after they apologize sincerely, can hurt your relationship in the long run.

  • Be sure to talk things out instead when you're upset, and learn to let go.

  • 5. You have realistic expectations.

  • The perfect partner doesn't exist.

  • It takes a lot of work to keep a relationship going!

  • Healthy couples understand that the key to a long-lasting relationship is commitment, open communication, and compromise.

  • 6. You take time and space for yourself.

  • Being in a healthy relationship doesn't mean you're glued at the hip!

  • It means you can have seperate lives, interests, and friends, and maintain your own sense of individuality without fearing that your partner is going to be jealous or resentful.

  • Having a life outside of a relationship is essential!

  • 7. You trust each other.

  • Healthy couples can spend time away from each other without worrying about their whereabouts or who they're with.

  • Stalking a partner on social media and asking them for constant updates, however, are signs of trust issues or co-dependency.

  • Trust means respecting your partner's decisions and feeling secure.

  • 8. You enjoy spending time together.

  • Whether that means dinner dates or cuddling on the couch, you enjoy spending time with your partner no matter what!

  • A healthy relationship involves taking time out of your busy schedule to connect with your partner.

  • It's not just an obligation, but a way for you to enjoy your life.

  • 9. You're friends!

  • Great couples share common interests, enjoy hanging out together, and making each other laugh.

  • Just like best friends, healthy couples can talk about "anything" and confide in each other without fear of judgement.

  • It's important to feel comfortable with your partner.

  • 10. You make decisions together

  • Healthy relationships aren't a power struggle.

  • They are a partnership that allows both individuals to have equal say.

  • If you disagree on which restaurant to go to for your date, one of you may have to give in, but next weekend, the choice should be yours.

  • Compromise is key.

  • 11. You get intimate.

  • Yes, sex is extremely beneficial in healthy relationships, but so is intimacy.

  • Intimacy can be bonding, sexually, or otherwise, familiarity, or romance.

  • Maintaining a healthy relationship means courting your partner with affection, quality time, gift giving, or other forms of love language

  • 12. Lastly, you make each other better.

  • Fixing Is not the same as supporting.

  • Healthy relationships consist of couples that love one another for who they are, not who they want them to be.

  • Are there items on this list that you and your partner practice regularly?

  • Let us know in the comments below!

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12 Signs You're in a Healthy Relationship

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    Nina posted on 2019/12/15
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