All relationships are different and we all look for different things in our partners. However, there are a number of characteristics that all relationships need in order to function well, and foster love.

Learn about yourself

Take time to think about who you are, who you want to be, and how you want others to see you. Learn about building trust, respect, and affection for yourself and others.

Learn about others.

Find out what kind of person you would like to spend time with. What are the qualities you like in a person? What are most important to you in a relationship?

Include family and friends

Good and vibrant relationships welcome interactions with family members and with friends of both parties. Good relationships are inclusive, not isolating, of others.

Support each other

In a healthy relationship, you and your partner feel good about your selves and the relationship. You can talk with each other about problems; you have fun together, you trust each other. In a good relationship, neither partner is afraid of the other; you are able to talk and interact in such a way that you both feel safe and comfortable saying and doing whatever you want. In a healthy relationships, your partner gives you the space to change, grow, make decisions, and make mistakes. There is a mutuality in that you want what is best for yourself and the other person, without trying force the other person to do things that he/she does not want to do.

Make your feelings clear

It may seem easier at time to go along with what your date wants even if you don’t feel the same way. But you can’t have a healthy relationship with a partner who doesn’t respect or know what you really think.

Foster respect.

Respecting thoughts and ideas, needs and wants of both people makes relationships safe and fun. In healthy dating, both people make decisions about relationships together. It is important to listen non-judgmentally, to be emotionally affirming and understanding, and to show that you value your partner’s opinions.

Honesty and Accountability

In good and healthy relationships, each partner accepts responsibility for him or her self, for actions and feelings. Each partner should be able to admit when being wrong. Open and honest communication is key in any relationship.

Sharing Responsibility

It is important to make (family) decisions together, and respecting each others opnions. Mutually agreeing on a fair distribution of work will make everyday life easier, and it is a way to show that you care about each other.

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