Relationships are the way that people interact with one another. They can be romantic, familial, or even platonic.
A healthy relationship is full of mutual respect and admiration. It’s a place where both partners are able to take each other at their word and trust that when they say something they will follow through on it. They’re also able to disagree respectfully without resorting to personal attacks or degradation.
Strong couples find a natural reciprocity where they genuinely enjoy doing things for each other. They make time for each other despite their busy schedules and balancing commitments with their own interests. They’re able to communicate effectively and remember important details about each other’s lives. They also support each other’s career and personal pursuits in a supportive and loving way.
People in unhealthy relationships are frequently caught up in the “I’m in love” or “I’m soul mate” mindset that comes from Disney movies and rom coms. They think that there’s a person out there who is made for them and that they’re “the one”. They don’t have to work hard at their relationships because everything just magically works out for them.
Oftentimes, the only way to get out of a toxic relationship is for both parties to decide to end it. However, this is rarely easy or quick. It requires open and honest communication, forgiveness, and the willingness to learn from the experience. A positive relationship, on the other hand, is a source of strength and support that allows us to face life’s ups and downs with confidence and resilience.