Friday, 20 Feb 2015
How to have a healthy relationship with your partner
By Jemma Joel
photo credit: Don’t Let Go. via photopin (license)
In order to have a healthy relationship, both partners must be committed – not only to each other but committed to making the relationship successful. Every relationship has its highs and lows, but the key point is to keep communication at a level that produces honesty, trust and happiness. As relationships progress, you learn new things about each other – things that may irritate or even upset you – which is all part of turning your relationship into something that will become long-term.
Commitment is of high importance within a relationship. If one partner is more committed than the other, this may lead to issues that could expand into larger problems. If you believe that you’re paying more attention to your partner in the form of making all the contact first, paying for dates and even showing more affection, you must communicate with your partner and explain that your needs are not being met. Being honest with him/her will benefit your relationship as changes can be made earlier rather than leaving it until the point where you find it difficult to talk to them.
Trust is another key component in a relationship. It may be said that without trust there is no real relationship, and to some extent I definitely agree. Being able to trust your partner means that you can be honest with them about personal issues, as well as your insecurities and every day problems that may arise. For example, if your last relationship ended due to your partner cheating on you, you may feel that the same thing will happen to you again in this relationship. But this is not always the case as each relationship is different, and what one person may have done to you does not mean that another person will. This is why it is important to engage in deep conversation with your partner and bring all of your issues to the surface. This way you will learn to trust your partner, as well as learning to be honest with each other – which, in turn, will lead to a happy and healthy relationship.