Healthy Relationship Opinions

on Mar 26, 2014 @ 02:07 am

Hey everyone, I've been seeing a lot of dysfunctional relationships lately. I was just wondering if you guys had any opinions as to what's important, tips and ideas to maintain healthy relationships, or anything really on the subject! I'm really interested in hearing!

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Healthy Relationships on Mar 26, 2014 @ 11:11 am

The thing that I think we need to keep in mind is that every relationship is different, every one functions in a different way and what works for one person or couple, might not work for another.

That being said, I think the number one thing for me in a relationship is respecting each other and not resenting the other person. When you start to resent the other person, it doesn't work.

Healthy on Mar 27, 2014 @ 01:03 am

I agree with Alex, mutual respect is crucial in a healthy relationship. Being supportive of each others goals, trying to be open minded when it comes to your partners ideas, trying new things together are all important in building a stable relationship. Communication is key. If something is bothering you, you should be able to discuss it with your partner. Other things vary. For me personally, having my space is very important. You need to have your own hobbies and not hover over each other all the time. Besides, having time apart will make you miss each other :)

Fun! on Mar 27, 2014 @ 04:01 pm

I'm going to address an we've-been-in-one-for-ages answer for healthy relationships. I think a big part of it is to have fun, laughter, and a little perspective. This is nothing to do with monetary fun (like big trips, or fancy gifts) but keep-on-dating, have private jokes, go on picnics, be silly, create your own traditions, do something romantic fun.... no matter what life throws at you decide to make some memories of it. I think it's really important to step back sometimes and really appreciate your partner- who else sees you at your messiest, grumpiest, neediest worst and sticks around? There will be things that drive you nuts after a while (I never thought so, but after a decade or more it really does happen), but you have to laugh at it.

Good responses! on Mar 29, 2014 @ 09:12 pm

I think you all are right! There needs to really be love, respect, effort on both sides, fun, and everything. I think a lot of people in relationships forget that it's supposed to be fun!!! Not just work ALL the time. Let that hard work and effort pay off with the love!

More space on Apr 03, 2014 @ 04:49 am

Giving space to your guy when he needs it. This has caused me a lot of issues over the past couple of years. I didn't know when to give him space, and thus our relationship suffered. Now, finally, I'm more aware of this requirement, and because of that, our relationship is healthy and very functional, for want of a better word.

Be playful, gratious and respect on Apr 03, 2014 @ 10:24 am

I love what you said @TashaCat. It's so true. I think that's what keeps the magical, playful feeling alive and makes you appreciate the little things about the person. It can be easy to lose sight of what you have in front of you when you're in a relationship for a long time, but the little dates are great as a fun thing to do and to remind you of the worth of valuable company.

I think respect and being/showing that you are grateful for the things your partner does is important. No one likes feels underappreciated or like they've been walked all over.

Yesss on Apr 04, 2014 @ 11:42 am

You guys are awesome. You guys brought in some really good input and I agree 100%

Love the CA community on Apr 04, 2014 @ 11:50 am

That's why I love this community so much! We've all endured different things and come from diverse backgrounds to help each other out through life's milestones.

I love that you brought this up though. I, too, have been seeing this quite often lately (dysfunctional relationships) and have always wondered what makes up a healthy relationship. I come from a family with divorced parents (but I actually love it) so I've never really known what encompasses a healthy relationship. Over the years I've learned that relationships are all unique and different. There's no "secret ingredient" since it's ever-changing from person to person.

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