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Qualities of a Healthy Relationship

Qualities of a Healthy Relationship

  • Accept each other’s basic personalities exactly the way they are. Never think you can change someone.
  • However, expect yourselves to change over time as both of you mature together.
  • Find and pay attention to what you admire about each other.
  • Nurture your feelings of affection for each other.
  • Learn and practice skills to really listen and hear each other.
  • Learn and practice skills for resolving relationship conflicts.
  • Make time together and have some fun. Do not let conflicts or arguments spoil those times.
  • Take the time to learn what your partner wants as demonstration of your love.
  • Take the time to be affectionate and nurture one another.
  • Be a team — a united front. Tackle any problems as a team. Learn and practice skills for solving problems.
  • Learn from your mistakes. Learn to forgive.
  • Honor your commitment — do not put yourself in situations where you might be tempted to mess around with someone else.
  • Recognize when you need support and know where you can find it.

Source: Exploring Relationships and Marriage with Fragile Famiies: Program for Couples Funded by TANIF: Louisanas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Call us at 877-41BRIDGE for a free handbook on healthy marriages.