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Essential Ingredients for a Healthy Relationship

Discussion in 'Love' started by PurpleFox, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. Maintaining a healthy, loving relationship is a challenge for most people, especially after you have been together for awhile. It’s not easy being in a committed relationship! Experts say that we need to find a balance of love, patience, and self-esteem to really make it for the long haul. There are ten elements to a relationship that you need to focus on to make sure that your relationship will last on for years and years.

    1. Honesty
    Honesty is an essential ingredient of any relationship. Without honesty, you don’t have much. You have to be honest with yourself and with each other! The beautiful thing about a great relationship is that you can be completely honest about yourself with someone and they still love you anyway and vice versa.

    2. Forgiveness
    It’s human nature, we all make mistakes. Couples who can’t make up will break up. Without forgiveness, old resentments linger and it doesn’t make for a healthy relationship.

    3. Communication
    Communication is key to a great relationship. Couples must learn how to effectively and respectfully communicate with their partner through any issues. There will always be disagreements in any relationship but if you can learn how to communicate with your partner in a way that they hear and understand you, you will be able to get through any issue life may throw at you.

    4. Trust
    Without trust in a relationship, it’s hard for a relationship to survive. Trust deepens over time allowing for couples to be completely open and honest with each other and not feel judged by one another.

    5. Time Apart
    While it’s important to have quality time together, it’s also equally as important to have quality time apart. Having your own hobbies and interests is an important part of every relationship. Like they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder!

    6. Friendship
    Ask any long-term, happily married couple and they will tell you that the friendship between the two of them is what has kept them together for so long. Passion will come and go in any long-term relationship but the friendship between the two is what will determine how long you two will last as a couple.

    7. Monogamy
    Monogamy is one of the most essential elements of all marriages. There is no trust and honesty without monogamy.

    8. Similar Values
    In order for a relationship to succeed, the two partners must agree on core values. Core values are what makes us the way we are and determine how we think. If you aren’t on the same page as your partner in terms of values, it’s going to be very hard to make it for the long haul.

    9. Patience.
    Patience is a virtue. If you have the ability to deal with your partner’s issues and imperfections with patience, you will be able to work through rough times. Marriages end because people no longer want to work things out not because there are problems in the marriage.

    10. Passion
    Genuine passion for one another (albeit passion comes and goes in long-term relationships) helps make for lasting relationships.
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