Your Relationship is Healthy if……
- You trust your partner.
- Your partner likes your friends, encourages you to spend time with them, and wants to include them in his/her life as well as yours.
- You make important decisions together.
- Your partner understands when you spend time away from him or her and vice versa.
- You don’t have to lie to protect your partner’s reputation or cover for his/her mistakes.
- Disagreements are handled fairly and using facts, not emotional attacks.
- Your partner encourages you to enjoy different activities (like joining the volleyball team or football team, running for student government, or being in a play) and helps you reach your goals.
- Your partner likes you for who you are — not just for what you look like.
- You and your partner show respect for one another.
- You have and continue to talk about your goals for and feelings about the relationship.
- You are not afraid to say what you think and why you think that way. You like to hear how your partner thinks, and don’t always have to agree.
- You have both a friendship and a physical attraction.
- You don’t have to be with your partner 24/7.
- The relationship is based on equality, open communication, respect for boundaries, trust, and commitment.
A healthy relationship is built around respect, fun, honesty, a sense of humour, trust, love, space, compatibility, compromise, caring, listening, maturity, forgiveness, understanding, empathy, change, growth, learning from each other, sharing, friendship, being faithful, and commitment.
If you have these things in your relationship, it is an honourable one.