5 Tips For Building Healthy Relationships
Consider these 5 tips for building healthy relationships whether you are just starting a relationship or rebuilding an old one. Though having a solid foundation is very important for any relationship, you will need commit to continuous effort and compromise for a healthy relationship. Once you have a healthy and solid foundation, your relationship will require much less work in the long run.
- Establish common interests. If you want a long-term, healthy relationship, you will need some sort of shared interest in order to sustain conversations and spend time together. If you do not know of any interests (other than a shared interest in soup, for instance), try out different activities to see what you both like.
- Work on your respect for each other for a healthy relationship. If you constantly demean each other's interests, you will not likely be happy together. Instead make sure that you are always polite to each other, and when you do argue be sure to listen to each other rather than insult each other.
- Communicate about important changes in your lives. If one of you gets a new job or loses a beloved family member, for example, you may be greatly affected by such a change. If you communicate about a change before it starts negatively impacting your relationship, you will have a greater chance of a healthy relationship.
Support each other. If your partner loves to do something that you absolutely hate, support your partner's interest instead of making fun of it. You do not necessarily have to get involved in the interest to have a healthy relationship, you can explain the fact that you do not share the interest and it can be something that she or he does during alone time.
- Learn each other's time needs. Some couples love to spend every waking moment together and others spend most of it apart while many need to work at it. If you want to spend more or less time with your partner than she or he wants to spend with you, work out a compromise that will work for both of you in order to achieve a happy relationship.