Tell you how to keep healthy bodyThere is evidence that people with a strong support network are
There is evidence that people with a strong support network are
healthier. So, how can we tell if our relationship is a healthy
one? I think that there are five main areas to look at
communication, respect, trust, responsibility and care.
Communication The best way to tell if your relationship is a
healthy one is by asking yourself, "How easy it is to talk to my
partner, and how honest can I be with him/her?" Finding the time
to talk, being as open as you can, listening to the whole
message and being able to work out disagreements are all signs
that you are in a healthy relationship.
Respect A healthy relationship is one in which both partners
treat each other with respect. Listening to each other''s views
and opinions are ways of showing respect. This includes sharing
parental responsibilities, making family decisions together and
mutually agreeing on a fair distribution of work.
Even in a healthy relationship arguments will happen because we
all come from different family backgrounds and have different
family traditions, life experience and opinions. Because we
respect each other, we sort out arguments by coming to a
solution that we are both happy with.
No one is right or wrong all the time, and in a healthy
relationship mistakes are acknowledged and accepted.
Trust Although trust takes time and effort to build up, it can
be destroyed in an instant. Being honest with each other and
being able to speak the truth without fear is a crucial part of
For a relationship to be healthy, both of you need to believe in
it and actively be helping to build it up.
Responsibility Both partners need to accept responsibility. Each
consider various aspects before deciding and acting, protecting
each other from harm and not blaming each other when things
Taking Care of Yourself It is important to remember that a
relationship contains two individuals, and both people will be
able to take care of themselves in a healthy relationship. Each
will have time and space to do the things they want to do, with
In a healthy relationship the goal is for both partners to win.
Copyright Andrea Sheehy 2005. All rights reserved. Andrea Sheehy
is qualified and experienecd couple and relationship counsellor.
For more information about couple counselling visit her
website:http://www.andrea-sheehy.com/ Author: Andrea Sheehy
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