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10 characteristics of healthy relationships women and girls should know

Many women desire to be in healthy relationships. They desire to have relationships filled with love, happiness and peace.

Unfortunately, so many women are in unhealthy relationships. This is because they don’t know the characteristics of a healthy relationship and an unhealthy relationship.

These women tend to fall for any man who says hello to them. They do this because they don’t pay attention to some of the characteristics of an unhealthy relationship. This is they end up hurt and abused in dysfunctional relationships.


Below are 10 components of a healthy relationship women and girls should know.

Your partner values your relationship. Your partner should be loyal to you and your relationship and be willing to work through conflicts together with you. Your partner needs to believe in your relationship. Healthy couples stay committed to the lessons and growth that come while they are together despite the challenges they face.

Your partner shouldn’t try to fix or control you. Your partner shouldn’t try to force you to change or be someone else. Your partner should allow you to be yourself and not try to fix you.

Your relationship is based on mutual love and respect. Your partner doesn’t have more power over decisions you both make as a couple. You both should have an equal say and have equal control over decisions and equally respect each other as different and unique human beings.

You deal with conflicts head-on and forget them. When conflicts come up in a healthy relationship, it is used as an opportunity to learn and grow. Both sides openly share their feelings and views honestly and with respect. You and your partner should deal with issues early and not repress them.

You are not responsible for your partner’s happiness. You don’t expect your partner to be your source of happiness and fulfillment. You both should support each other but are responsible for yourselves individually.

You share feelings openly and honestly. In a healthy relationship, men and women share their genuine feelings with one another freely. Both partners respect and accept the other’s feelings. You don’t hold back things because they will creep up later to cause problems.

You and your partner take care of yourselves. Self-care is an important component for a healthy relationship. You and your partner should know that if you don’t take care of yourselves and do things for yourselves, you will have little love to give to your partner.

You both are willing to put your relationship first. In a healthy relationship, both consider their partners when making decisions. They don’t just go off and plan something without discussing it with their partner. Both should be willing to work together as a team.

You both stick together simply because you enjoy each other’s company. In a healthy relationship, you and your partner should be together because you genuinely want to build your lives together and not because of some selfish reasons.

Be aware that you both won’t agree on everything. Women, you have to know that it is perfectly okay to disagree with your partner. You have to know that just because your partner has a different opinion doesn’t mean you have to completely agree with him. But know that having differences in opinion and beliefs doesn’t have to destroy your relationship.





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I am a woman who is passionate about empowering other women to live their best lives and be free from unhealthy societal expectations. I'm a journalist and a columnist with a reputable media house. I educate, inspire and encourage women to embrace their uniqueness fully. I am a mother to an intelligent girl. I love perfumes.


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