Maintaining healthy relationships

A Healthy relationship is a key to happiness. More happiness and less stress could be achieved by maintaining a healthy relationship.

Here are 22 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Relationships
  • 1. Appreciate yourself and your partner:- In the midst of an argument, it can be difficult to find something to appreciate. Start by generating appreciation in moments of non-stress, and that way when you need to be able to do it during a stressful conversation, it will be easier. One definition of appreciation is to be sensitively aware so you don't have to be sugar-coating anything; so tell your beloved that you love him or her, and that you don't want to argue but to talk and make it better.

  • 2. Keep expectations realistic: - No one can be everything we might want him or her to be. Sometimes people disappoint us. It's not all-or-nothing, though. Healthy relationships mean accepting people as they are and not trying to change them!

  • 3. Trying new things: - There really isn't a nice way to say that after being in a long term relationship for so long things tend to get pretty boring. So it's a constant struggle to try new things whether it be new ideas for dates or spicy ideas for sex everything counts and it all works in your favor in creating a fun relationship. !

  • 4. Do not expect anyone to be responsible for your happiness: - Ask yourself why you aren't happy. Too often, relationships fail because someone is unhappy and blames the partner. Your life is solely under your control, with your relationship you have to take the good with the bad. You need to give as well as take. This is with the exception of domestic abuse.

  • 5. Talk with each other: - Communication is essential in healthy relationships! Genuinely listen to your partner. Don't plan what to say next while you're trying to listen. Don't interrupt. Listen with your ears and your heart. Sometimes people have emotional messages to share and weave it into their words. Ask questions. Ask if you think you may have missed the point. Ask friendly (and appropriate!) questions. Ask for opinions. Show your interest. Open the communication door. Share information. Studies show that sharing information especially helps relationships begin. Be generous in sharing yourself, but don't overwhelm others with too much too soon.

  • 6. Be flexible: - Most of us try to keep people and situations just the way we like them to be. It's natural to feel apprehensive, even sad or angry, when people or things change and we're not ready for it. Healthy relationships mean change and growth are allowed!

  • 7. Make and keep clear agreements: - Respect the differences between yourself and your partner. Do not expect your partner to agree with you on every issue. Reach a mutual agreement or plan, and then commit to it. If you say you're going to meet your partner for lunch at noon, be on time or call if you absolutely must be late. If you agree to have a monogamous relationship, keep that agreement. Keeping agreements shows respect for yourself and your partner, as well as creating a sense of trust and safety. Safety is important.

  • 8. Setting your pride aside: - Some times you will have to put your pride to the side, go against what you really want for once in the relationship and agree to disagree (this also goes with compromise). If your partner is really observing, he'll remember this and love you more for it.

  • 9. Be dependable: - If you make plans with someone, follow through. If you have an assignment deadline, meet it. If you take on a responsibility, complete it. Healthy relationships are trustworthy!

  • 10. Compromise: -Relationships are a two way street. It's all about giving and receiving. You give a little of something once, they receive it and vice versa. You can't just expect gifts if you never give them yourself, as with respect, you can't receive respect if you don't give it.

  • 11. Approach your relationship as a learning experience: - Each one has important information for you to learn. A true relationship will consist of both partners who need to equally contribute. Not only is that the only type of relationship that will work out, but it will work out in both of your favor.

  • 12. Very importantly, support each other: -If your partner has to do something for his or her school, studies or work, support him or her. This will make them feel loved, and it will make them realize that they also have a friend in you, not just a romantic interest. Be supportive. Be their number one fan.

  • 13. Admit your mistakes and say sorry: - One possible way to do this is to talk after having a misunderstanding or argument. For example you can ask your partner to give you some time to think of the wrong and right things that you and he/she did. Ask your partner to do the same thing and talk to them when you are both ready. Ask your partner to give you time to talk and explain to them why you were angry, the wrong things you did, the things they did that you did not like and what you would like them to change. Ask your partner to do the same thing and give them a fair chance to talk and explain also. This will make your relationship stronger and help strengthen the communication between you and your partner.

  • 14. Conflict: - In all relationships, there are times when communication breaks down; healthy relationships are able to clear up conflicts and to emerge stronger as a result.

  • 15. Laugh Together: -Not only is it true that laughter is the best medicine, but it's also true that laughter can make a great relationship. In a tedious relationship, it is hard to communicate with your partner and share humorous feelings. Not only does laughing establish a connection, it can help keep passionate feelings in perspective .

  • 16. Respect: - Respect needs to be number one on everyone's list of ways to maintain a healthy relationship because if you don't have respect you have absolutely nothing. Once the respect in a relationship is lost, your partner has the freedom to disrespect you in any and every kind of way.

  • 17. Boundaries: -both people need to be clear about what is okay/not okay in the relationship

  • 18. Meet each others needs: -The success of a relationship is a function of the extent to which it meets the needs of two people

  • 19. Expectations: -both people need to be on the same page about what they want from the relationship

  • 20. Space: -This is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy relationship and quite frankly I'm a little jealous I didn't think of it. Couples tend to forget more often than not that we are still human beings, and everybody needs their space sometimes, and I for one can most definitely.

  • 21. Understanding: - Understanding is important because your partner needs to be the one person you can count on to understand exactly what you are going through when no one else knows or even cares.

  • 22. Develop a realistic expectation about sex and intimacy: -This should not be based on what is taught in the media or films. This also implies finding new and creative ways to pleasing each other intimately.

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