Relationships are a huge part of life, and can range from close and intimate to distant and challenging. Regardless of the type of relationship, it is critical to have healthy relationships in order to have a strong social support network that contributes to a robust mental and physical health.
In a healthy relationship, significant others hold each other in high regard. They treat one another with respect and trust each other to follow through on their promises. They also allow each other to spend time with friends and family without feeling jealous. This allows the other person to maintain a sense of independence and self-worth.
When a person is in a codependent relationship, they often feel that they must tolerate their partner’s bad behavior in order to keep the relationship together. This is often based on the premise that “misery loves company.” However, as soon as the pain of their own problems begins to subside, the couple falls apart.
Ultimately, people in healthy relationships are secure enough to enjoy each other’s company and don’t depend on the relationship for their happiness. They are happy with who they are on their own, so they don’t need their partner to validate them in any way, shape or form. The same goes for their relationship with work, children and other important aspects of their lives. Finding a balance between all of these things requires discipline and commitment. In addition, it is important to spend some time focusing on physical intimacy with your significant other. This can be done by scheduling dates on a regular basis, spending time together in a hobby or simply making it a point to touch and hold hands.