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No, you don't necessarily need to have everything in common. Thankfully, those things have nothing to do with musical preferences or I would have taken my country albums and left my Beatles-loving husband long ago. Relationships thrive when couples can express themselves freely and honestly. That means no topic is off-limits, and you both feel heard. Consistent communication is vital to building a lasting life together. But when people in healthy relationships fight, they fight productively and fairly. That means avoiding name-calling or put-downs.
It also means striving to understand your partner instead of trying to score points. You apologize. Healthy relationships should be based in reality. You recognize that neither of you is perfect, and you accept and value each other for who you are right now—not who you might become. Healthy relationships are full of laughter and fun. Sometimes your partner needs to work longer hours while you play chauffeur and head chef.
Or you must devote time to an elderly parent while your spouse tackles the chores. What matters is that, in the long run, your trade-offs seem fair. Nothing is a stronger of a healthy relationship than treating the person you love with care, consideration, empathy, and appreciation. If you find yourself showing more respect to people you hardly know than you show your partner, take a step back and revisit your priorities. Healthy relationships are built on trust and a commitment to communication without reservations or secrets.
Want to know how much you trust each other now? Take this quiz from the University of California, Berkeley. Your partner will annoy you. You will annoy him or her, too. You will behave inconsiderately. The important thing is how you deal with all this. So they forgot to pick up milk for the second time? Your relationship should be a safety net—a stable place to come home to at the end of the day. When you have issues and concerns, you share them with your partner, not your coworkers at Happy Hour.
You'll always have your friends as a sounding board, of course, but not as a crutch to avoid hard conversations with your ificant other. By Devon Corneal Updated September 25, Save FB Tweet More. Close in. All rights reserved. Close this dialog window View image.A good relationship is when
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Tips for Building a Healthy Relationship