Your Relationship is Healthy If…
- You trust your partner.
- Your partner likes your friends, encourages you to spend time with them, and wants to include them in his/her life as well as yours.
- You make important decisions together.
- Your partner understands when you spend time away from him or her and vice versa.
- You don’t have to lie to protect your partner’s reputation or cover for his/her mistakes.
- Disagreements are handled fairly and using facts, not emotional attacks.
- Your partner encourages you to enjoy different activities (like joining the volleyball team or football team, running for student government, or being in a play) and helps you reach your goals.
- Your partner likes you for who you are—not just for what you look like.
- You and your partner show respect for one another.
- You have and continue to talk about your goals for and feelings about the relationship.
- You are not afraid to say what you think and why you think that way. You like to hear how your partner thinks, and don’t always have to agree.
- You have both a friendship and a physical attraction.
- You don’t have to be with your partner 24/7.
- The relationship is based on equality, open communication, respect for boundaries, trust, and commitment.
A healthy relationship is built around respect, fun, honesty, a sense of humor, trust, love, space, compatibility, compromise, caring, listening, maturity, forgiveness, understanding, empathy, change, growth, learning from each other, sharing, friendship, being faithful, and commitment.