Love & Relationships

5 Signs of a Healthy Relationship

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1. You actually listen to each other, even if you disagree

Listening and being heard is a much more useful relationship skill than simply never arguing. “You cannot be in agreement with your partner on everything 100 percent of the time. Fifty percent of successful communication is listening. If everyone is speaking and no one is listening, things go downhill — fast!”

2. You’ve never threatened to leave or dump each other

When you start threatening your partner that you might leave them or break up with them, even if you don’t, it starts to deteriorate the relationship. Even if it’s an empty threat, words are very powerful, and if you want a healthy relationship, you should only plant seeds of positivity.”

3. You make sacrifices for each other & don’t count the favors

When you start keeping track of what you did for them and what they did for you, it never ends well. Being someone’s partner means laughing for them when they aren’t able and picking them up when they can’t stand on their own. You start to perform selfless acts in a healthy relationship because caring for your partner has become a priority.

4. You are OK with your partner spending time away from you

You recognize your partner is a complete person and always was, long before you came into their life. You are a complement to their life and they to yours, but you are not each other’s vital organs. A little bit of fresh air in a relationship goes a long way.

5. You can tolerate conflict

“It’s not about ‘never fighting’ but about using common conflicts to learn about each other, compromise and become closer. Think about it: You learn more about your partner on your bad days than you do on your best behavior. A couple who never disagrees is likely to not be as closely bonded. Not being afraid to have healthy conflict is a sign of a close relationship.