What is a healthy relationship?

Finding the right person.

Finding the right person after experiencing an abusive relationship isn’t easy because when your self esteem is beaten down so low, you begin to believe that it’s what you deserve. You begin to believe everything your abuser had tried to beat into your mind but it’s not true. Starting over is very difficult and sometimes it takes some time to finally ‘get out there’ again so here are some of the tips that will help you remember what it’s like to be in a healthy relationship as well as a chart comparing the two.

  • You Speak Your Mind
    Relationships thrive when couples can express themselves freely and honestly. That means no topic is off-limits, and you both feel heard. Consistent communication is vital to building a lasting life together.
  • You Have Your Own Space
    Just because you’re in love doesn’t mean you have to spend every moment together. Taking time to pursue your own interests and friendships keeps your relationship fresh and gives you both the opportunity to grow as individuals—even while you’re growing as a couple.
  • You Fight
    Disagreements are normal, so if you aren’t fighting, chances are you’re holding back. But when people in healthy relationships fight, they fight productively and fairly. That means avoiding name-calling or put-downs. It also means striving to understand your partner instead of trying to score points. And when you’re wrong? You apologize. (NOT DUKING IT OUT!!)
  • You Like Yourself And Your Partner
    Chances are your relationship won’t suddenly get better if you win the lottery, have a baby, or move into your dream house. So don’t base your partnership on the hope that it will change. You recognize that neither of you is perfect, and you accept and value each other for who you are right now—not who you might become.
  • You Make Decisions Jointly
    You don’t call all the shots. Neither does your partner. From what movie to see to how many children to have, you make decisions together and listen to each other’s concerns and desires. Sure, this may mean you see Transformers on Saturday night. But on Sunday night, it’s your turn.
  • You Find Joy
    Healthy relationships are full of laughter and fun. This doesn’t mean you’re giddy every hour of the day—or that she doesn’t drive you up the wall sometimes—but it does mean that your life together is mostly happy in sometimes simple ways. (Making dinner, laughing at the same things, finishing each others’ sentences…)
  • You Find Balance
    Sometimes your partner needs to work longer hours while you play chauffeur and chief cook. Or you must devote time to an elderly parent while your spouse tackles the chores. That’s life. What matters is that, in the long run, your trade-offs seem fair.
  • You Treat Each Other With Kindness
    Nothing is more important than treating the person you love with care, consideration, empathy, and appreciation. If you find yourself showing more respect to people you hardly know than you show your partner, take a step back and revisit your priorities.
  • You Trust Each Other
    Healthy relationships are built on trust and a commitment to communication without reservations or secrets.
  • You Let Things Go
    Your partner will annoy you. You will annoy him or her, too. You will say things you don’t mean. You will behave inconsiderately. The important thing is how you deal with all this. Don’t fret over things you won’t remember an hour from then.
  • You Are Intimate
    Sex is an important part of healthy relationships, but it’s only one part, and it’s different than intimacy, which is less about physical satisfaction than about bonding, friendship, and familiarity. If you’re in a healthy relationship, you’ll feel connected—in and out of bed.
  • Your Relationship Is Your Safe Place
    Your relationship should be a safety net—a stable place to come home to at the end of the day. That doesn’t mean you don’t fight—it just means that when things are hard, you’d rather see your partner than commiserate with coworkers at Happy Hour.
  • You Talk To Your Partner, Not To Other People
    When you have issues and concerns, you share them with your partner, not your Facebook friends. You can use pals as a sounding board, of course, but not as a crutch to avoid hard conversations with your significant other.
  • You Say The Magic Words
    “I love you”, “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry.” e2c045_b412dfaa7dff4ab4ac6b66aa4b70d905_mv2