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10 Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship

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  1. Respect:  the awareness of each other's boundaries and the need for personal space and vulnerabilities.

 

  1. Equality: treating each other as equal human beings

 

  1. Honesty:  Mutual trust, openness, and understanding are the key contributors to a healthy honest relationship

 

  1. Trust: the ability to confide in each other openly, knowing that their confidences will be respected.

 

  1. Security:  strong enough to absorb conflict and anger, each knowing they can express their feelings honestly

 

  1. Communication:  the ability to speak about what they feel, need or desire openly together without much hesitation

 

  1. Laughter:  humour keeps everything in perspective

 

  1. Support:  continually offer each other encouragement, comfort and acceptance.

 

  1. Physical Affection:  sexual desire may fluctuate through a long-term relationship; a healthy one will retain some physical connection.

 

  1. Togetherness:  able to create a sense of both intimacy and autonomy and enjoying each other interests

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