How To Have A Healthy Relationship: 11 Tips To Build It

Image: iStock


Relationships are the lifeblood of humans, and we strive towards building healthy relationships with our partners. But how to have a healthy relationship? It is easy to start a relationship, but nurturing and sustaining it requires time, energy, patience, and effort. Relationships can fail if the couple doesn’t put joint efforts into making it work. Read through our post as we present some important tips for a healthy and long-term relationship.

How To Have A Healthy Relationship: 11 Tips

1. Spend quality time together

One of the most effective ways to keep your relationship strong is to spend more time with your partner. The time you spend together should be used judiciously for making memories rather than bickering. This will help both you and your love nurture the relationship. However, spending quality time means interacting with each other. Being in one room and doing different activities doesn’t qualify as quality time.

2. Have open communication

Talk, talk and talk with your partner, and if need be, talk more. Make sure you’re speaking your mind. Communicating your feelings, insecurities, and probable issues in the relationship will help you resolve issues and have a stress-free romantic time. You may even communicate your desires and goals with each other so you know how to proceed and get there.

3. Don’t let the love die

Disagreements and disputes are common with any couple, but amidst all of this, never forget the purpose of your relationship, which is love. Whenever you feel vexed with your partner, remember your initial days of romance, and it will help you fall in love with them again. You may try doing what you enjoyed earlier for starters and see how it goes.

4. Learn something new together

Go to a music, dance, painting, or drawing class with your partner or anything that interests both of you. In this way, you can spend time together and also get to learn something new and interesting. Both of you can also discuss how to do it better and anything concerned with your learning, which will help you better understand your partner.

5. Be transparent

Maintaining transparency is pivotal to a healthy relationship. Do not keep secrets from your lover because things that seem trivial to you might touch a raw nerve with your partner, and these issues may cause irreparable damage in the long term.

6. Listen to understand

Most of us listen to reply, not to understand. When your significant other is going through stress or is in a bad mood, you should be the first person they should confide in because no one can understand them better than you. So start listening to understand and empathize. The best way for them to feel heard is by summarizing what they said to ensure that you understand and provide an empathetic comment that you are with them. For example, “It sounds like you had a really rough day, I am sorry to hear that.”

7. Make your sorry count

Quarreling, shouting, and arguing with your partner are part and parcel of any relationship, but what counts is apologizing wholeheartedly. When we say sorry, it shouldn’t be lip service but should come from within, and your partner may appreciate your genuineness and honesty. Take accountability and offer a suggestion on how to fix the problem.

8. Understand non-verbal cues

This is one of the subtle but important aspects of a relationship and is a testament to how well you know your love. Your partner’s body language, hand gestures, and the way they roll their eyes, all these subtle cues can convey a lot, and you should be receptive to them.

9. Respect boundaries

Every relationship should have clearly demarcated boundaries, even if it is with your partner. Maintaining those boundaries and respecting each other’s space and time will go a long way in the growth of the relationship. Neither of you must cross the thin line to ensure your relationship sustains in the long run.

10. Be emotionally available

Understanding your partner’s emotions and empathizing with them is what is expected of a partner. Giving them a shoulder to cry on when they’re low and patting their back when they need that extra push will make them love and respect you even more.

11. Trust your partner

Trust lays the foundation for any healthy relationship, more so in romantic relationships. You need to have an inherent trust in your partner, and vice versa. Trust goes beyond not cheating and lying. You should feel safe and protected when they’re around if you trust them.

What Are 3 C’s In A Healthy Relationship?

The three C’s required for a healthy relationship are communication, compromise, and commitment. Clear and effective communication goes a long way in consolidating a relationship, and communication doesn’t always have to be verbal, as actions speak louder than words. Compromising doesn’t always mean sacrifice; rather, placing your partner and the relationship above everything else. The other important aspect of a wholesome relationship is commitment, and remember that you do it for life when you commit. You vow to stand by your partner no matter what and who is against you. Following the three C’s will pave the way for an enriching and fulfilling relationship.

In this post, we highlighted some vital tips and the 3 C’s for a healthy relationship, but most importantly, supporting and understanding your partner is what consolidates a relationship. We all seek partners who stand by us through thick and thin, and being the partners that we seek in a relationship will keep the flame of romance burning till eternity.

The following two tabs change content below.

Jessica Jefferson

Jessica Jefferson is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified perinatal mental health professional trained to help clients suffering from mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. She graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Miami, a Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters in Family Therapy from Nova... more

Akshay Nair

Akshay is an associate editor and former journalist with over three years of experience. A post graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism, he has strong professional and academic background in the field of content writing and editing. He is also a Certified Relationship Workshop Facilitator for Life Coaches. Akshay interned and worked with various newspapers and the Public Relations Department... more