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Healthy relationships are based on love and equality. They include communication, respect, support, and boundaries.

Everyone deserves to feel safe, respected, and accepted in their relationships.

Communication

Communication is one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship.

In a healthy relationship, people let one another know when they're in need or when they need space. They are on the same page about what the other wants and expects.

If there is a disagreement or if someone is bothered by something, then they will talk about it openly and arrive at a compromise if necessary. You can read more about healthy conflict resolution from loveisrespect.org.

Communication is also needed when making decisions about sex. Be honest – if you're not ready, that's okay, and your partner should respect that. Talk about safe sex practices, and communicate openly about your feelings, desires and any concerns.

Respect & Support

Respect and support for one's partner are vital to a healthy relationship.

Your desire to be in a relationship with someone else should mean that you value their feelings, ideas, wants and needs as much as you value your own.

People in a healthy relationship reassure, comfort and encourage one another. Your relationship should help your partner achieve their goals and follow their dreams, not stop them from doing so.

Healthy relationships are about building each other up, not putting each other down.

Boundaries

Boundaries are key to healthy relationships.

Boundaries are not about keeping secrets or not trusting one another. Setting healthy boundaries is about building and keeping trust. It's about being open and communicating your needs and expectations. It's about being honest and comfortable with what you would like to happen or not happen within your relationship.

Healthy boundaries shouldn't stop you or your partner from:

  • Going out with friends without your partner.
  • Participating in activities and hobbies without your partner.
  • Having privacy in certain aspects of your life, like keeping your passwords to yourself.

In fact, healthy boundaries are all about making time for people and activities outside of your relationship and having that be okay.

When you set boundaries within a healthy relationship, you can choose to not text or be on social media for periods of time without upsetting your partner. You can text and use social media without your partner getting jealous. You can take time and space for yourself without your partner getting angry. All because you both have privacy, trust, mutual understanding and respect with one another.

Healthy Boundaries & Sex

Healthy boundaries also include respecting one another's comfort level with sexual activity.

No one should feel pressured to have sex in order to keep one's boyfriend or girlfriend happy. In a healthy relationship, partners respect each other's decisions, even when they want something else or disagree.

Respectful boundaries mean that if something makes you feel uncomfortable, you can say no at any time. No matter how long you've been with someone, or even if you've done something before, you have the right to say no at anytime for any reason.

You have control over your body, and no one else has the right to tell you what to do with it!

If your partner repeatedly pressures you – verbally, emotionally or physically – to have sex or won't take no for an answer, it can be a sign of an unhealthy relationship. You deserve better.

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Is your relationship healthy?

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Source: loveisrespect.org

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