Being in a relationship with someone who cares for you is a great experience. It means that your partner respects you and that your safety is important to them. Do you want to learn some of the qualities that make up a healthy relationship? We’ve got you covered.
5 common qualities of a healthy relationship
- Shared respect: Where you and your partner understand each other and you don’t do things that make the other uncomfortable.
- Trust and honesty: Where you and the person you are dating believe each other and know that you won’t hurt each other or lie. Both of you are able to be open about anything.
- Support: Where you can depend on your partner for their help and encouragement in good and bad times. And where they can depend on you.
- Good communication: Where you and your partner are able to talk to each other about anything without worrying about being judged or not listened to. Even if you and your partner disagree on something, you should be able to talk about it without hurting the other.
- Understanding consent: Where your partner never forces or pressures you to have sex or engage in any sexual activities if you don’t want to.
It’s important to remember that even people in healthy relationships have disagreements. But they handle conflict in a way that doesn’t hurt their partner. Check out this relationship quiz to see if there are areas that can be improved in your relationship.
Watch this video of Biza and Lungi to see an example of how a healthy relationship looks:
Remember, having a healthy relationship is up to both you and your partner and not just one person!
Do you think you could be in an unhealthy relationship? Find out more about what signs to look out for here.