Everybody wants a healthy relationship, but only a few commit themselves to the building and maintenance Nobody wakes up to a healthy relationship. Relationships have ups and downs, but healthy relationships are built on certain fundamentals. Having healthy relationships, platonic or romantic, can positively affect our general well-being, thereby overwhelming us with happiness and satisfaction in ourselves and our partners. This brings us to the question.
How do we build healthy relationships?
Building a healthy relationship requires the committed involvement of both parties. In some cases, the building process is rapid, while a little more effort and patience will do in others.
Frequent and effective communication
Communication has always been a vital element in creating and sustaining healthy relationships. A detailed study in the UK showed that 65% of divorce was traced to “communication problem,” and partners who have good communication skills build lengthier and healthier relationships.
Poor communication poses a threat to the existence of a relationship. Hence partners should learn how to communicate effectively and be good listeners. In communication, feelings, opinions, and perspectives are shared. Mutual understanding is established, and boundaries are created and discussed. Nonverbal communication is vital too. We talk without speaking through gestures and facial expressions. We must understand our partners and their body language.
Healthy relationships involve honest partners who are true to each other. They communicate about how they feel, what they want, and how to go about it.
When people think of intimacy, the first thing that pops up is sex. Intimacy transcends sex. It is the emotional connection. It is what distinguishes romance from friendship. Those evening walks, late-night cuddles, unexpected kisses, are natural forms of expressing our love.
Compromise and Adjustments
In relationships, partners cannot always have their way because of differences in perspectives and beliefs. So, there may be a need to compromise, pivot, and adjust in certain situations. Building a healthy relationship may be a rigorous task, but it is worth it. Relationships are not without fights and disagreements, but our ability to resolve problems in love grows the bond.
Mutual respect, support, spending quality time, giving attention to our partner’s needs contribute to building healthy relationships.