Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on March 8, 2021.
You might not know how to recognize a healthy relationship if you've never had one before. You might spend all of your time thinking you missed red flags when you're actually in a good place. Here are seven signs that you are in a healthy relationship.
People in healthy relationships talk about what's going on, how they're feeling and what they're struggling with. They communicate effectively to ensure they are always on the same page.
Solid communication is also part of effective conflict resolution. When you can openly communicate your emotions to your partner and resolve issues in a productive way, you are likely in a healthy relationship.
Healthy relationships revolve around trust and honesty. Trusting partners don't lie or keep secrets from one another.
You should feel safe and confident in your relationship and know that your partner would never intentionally hurt you physically or emotionally. Jealousy has no place in a healthy relationship because you trust your partner completely and know that they wouldn't cheat.
In a healthy relationship, you should maintain a sense of who you are as an individual. While you love spending time together, you're also comfortable spending time apart to do things that matter to you, like hobbies and connecting with friends.
You enjoy each other's company! People in healthy relationships can joke, laugh and have fun together even in trying times. You enjoy talking about shared interests, doing things together and trying out new activities.
Physical bonding is an important part of a loving relationship, regardless of the form it takes. Sex can be part of it, but physical intimacy also extends to cuddling, kissing, hugging and sleeping together.
You should also share emotional intimacy and communicate your needs. People in healthy, intimate relationships are able to openly talk about their desires, likes and dislikes and any other related topics that may come up.
You're called partners for a reason. In a healthy relationship, you should always work together and strive toward goals as a team instead of trying to go it alone or working against each other.
You and your partner encourage and support each other every day. You talk about your goals and dreams, and you take steps to help each other reach your maximum potential. You always cheer each other on and keep each other's best interests in mind.
Healthy couples grow together instead of holding each other back.
Part of being in a healthy relationship is being healthy as an individual. If you or your partner is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, it could take a toll on an otherwise great relationship.
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