The Seven Essentials for Healthy Relationships

There are several essential factors to securing a beneficial, healthy romantic relationship. Everyone has their own individual needs of course, and these needs can vary between people. However, the following are the most important aspects to maintaining a successful relationship. Every relationship should have the following seven essentials for healthy relationships.

1.  While it may sound obvious, but not everyone understands safety as much as they believe they do.

Safety isn’t just about not being in any physical danger, even though this is one of the most important things. However, emotional and spiritual safety are an important part of every relationship. Every individual in a relationship must feel safe to be able to express themselves, their spirituality, and their emotions healthily without fear of verbal, physical, or psychological abuse. This includes punishment, criticism, and threats.

2.  Compatibility

When it comes to romantic relationships, too many people feel that compatibly is just about physical attraction and chemistry. These are what bring two people together in the first place, they aren’t what keeps a couple together. Compatibility generally stays strong even after physical attraction starts to ebb.

This is why a couple must share fundamental beliefs and have some common intrinsic interests.

3.  Communication

Communication will always be key to any relationship. This is more than just having a superficial conversation about a safe and comfortable topic.

You need to have open, direct, and honest communication to maintain a healthy and successful relationship. It takes assertiveness, respect, honesty, trust, and listening skills; the defining qualities of integrity and the foundation to a healthy relationship. This is also what makes it a form of communication that is likely to cause conflict and uncomfortable. As is the case with life as a whole, conflict is one part of relationships. Conflict is one way that people grow within their relationship and grow closer to one another.

4.  Accountability

Both people in a relationship need to be held accountable to keep the relationship successful and healthy. Both your partner and yourself must be held accountable for their individual actions, be considerate of the other person, and respect the responsibility you hold to one another.

5.  Compromise

There’s no room for selfishness in a relationship. You need to be considerate to your partner while also advocating for yourself; a process that involves delicate compromise.

Whether or not a relationship is good or bad depends on whether or not you can learn to compromise rather than demanding that everything goes your way.

6.  Emotional Intimacy

Emotional intimacy relies on you being emotionally available, vulnerable, open and sharing yourself entirely (who you are and how you feel, what you’re thinking, your experiences, dreams, and more) with someone else. This nurtures the relationship and develop a strong foundation. It’s also an integral part of maintaining a long and healthy romantic relationship on par with physical intimacy.

7.  Collaboration

As is the case with any kind of relationship, a romantic one needs collaboration. A key to relationship success is working together, negotiating differences, and working as a team.

Don’t forget that you and your partner are on the same team even if you don’t agree completely about achieving specific goals. While meeting as a team might get heated sometimes and they are uncomfortable, they are also a necessary conversation needed to find ways to work together and compromise to achieve an objective.

While it’s not always easy to achieve these seven characteristics of healthy and successful relationships, they are an integral part to growing as an individual and growing together as a couple to achieve your goals.

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