This year loveisrespect.org took a healthy relationship poll among teens and young adults. They talked to many folks about what a healthy relationship looks like. They say that a healthy relationship is expressed with respect, equality, safety and trust. Many people believe that jealous and controlling behaviors are the same as being very passionate about their partner. This is not the case! Each partner should have an equal part and “say so” in the relationship. They should feel safe and be able to trust each other fully. Respect is the other major part to a healthy relationship. When you cherish and value your partner you will be more likely to be able to handle the tough times. When disagreements arise try these tips from loveisrespect.org!
- Speak Up. In a healthy relationship, if is bothering you, it’s best to talk about it instead of holding it in.
- Respect Each Other. Your partner’s wishes and feelings have value, and so do yours. Let your significant other know you are making an effort to keep their ideas in mind. Mutual respect is essential in maintaining healthy relationships.
- Compromise. Disagreements are a natural part of healthy relationships, but it’s important that you find a way to compromise if you disagree on something. Try to solve conflicts in a fair and rational way.
- Be Supportive. Offer reassurance and encouragement to each other. Also, let your partner know when you need their support. Healthy relationships are about building each other up, not putting each other down.
- Respect Each Other’s Privacy.
If you have been wondering if your relationship is healthy you can visit the website and take the Relationship Spectrum survey. It will help you determine if your relationship is healthy or if it needs some work. You can find it under the “Relationships 101” tab.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month so be sure to talk about healthy relationships with your teen!