Each and everyone of us want to build a healthy relationship. Healthy relationship makes us feel good about ourselves and also brings the best in ourselves.

A healthy relationship also means that the relationship is balanced, that is we rely on each other for mutual support. A healthy relationship doesn’t need to be a perfect relationship and no human being is 100% perfect, but we need to strive few of the behaviours for all the relationships.

Mentioned below are some of the characteristics and behaviours of a healthy relationship:

1. Comfortable Pace

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In a healthy relationship one didn’t have to rush or feel pressurized in a way that makes you feel overwhelmed. The relationship moves at a very high speed that feels enjoyable for each person.

2. Trust

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It is one of the most important thing in the relationship. Trusting someone means that you have confidence in them and you feel safe with them physically and mentally. Trust is something that two people in a relationship can build together. Therefore, trust is that confidence that your partner won’t do anything that will hurt you or ruin the relationship.

3. Honesty

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Honesty is a way of life. Honesty is not just about telling the truth, it is a way about telling the truth in which your partner will hear it, understand it and benefit from it. You need to be truthful without fearing how the person would react.

4. Independence

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Independence in a relationship means you will have space to be yourself outside the relationship. A long lasting relationship cannot be sustained by fear. Also independence in a relationship allows you and your partner to feel the love gained by being together and to choose that love again and again.

5. Respect

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In a healthy relationship respect refers to talking openly and honestly with each other, to value one another beliefs, opinions, feelings, needs, listening to each other and obviously love each other.

6. Equality

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Equality in a relationship means that each person’s interests and desires are to be respected. That means the relationship should be balanced and everyone should put the same effort to build a successful relationship.

7. Kindness

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In a relationship both the person needs to be caring and empathetic to each other and provide comfort, love and support. Kindness is also about telling the truth in a gentle way when doing so is helpful to the other person. Receiving accurate feedback in a loving and caring way is an important part of a trusted relationship. The courage to give and receive truthful feedback is a key component of growth and flexible thinking.

8. Taking Responsibility

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Taking responsibility looks like having an open communication between you and your partner about both of yours feelings and growing from the hard parts of the relationship. You should avoid blaming each other and should admit when you make a mistake. You should learn to own your behaviours and hold yourself accountable to your actions.

9. Healthy Conflict

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In a relationship conflict signals a need for change for the both. It provides an opportunity for making change if both are up for it. Also it gives you a chance to work on the problems in the relationship, therefore helps in discussing the issues openly and respectfully and confronting disagreements non-judgementally.

10. Fun

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Doing new things together can be a fun. It can be as simple as going on a day trip or trying a new restaurant or any other funny activities at home. Just focus on having fun together, spending time together and bring out the best in each other.

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