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What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like?

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Everyone has the right to feel safe and respected in their relationship. Healthy relationships are built on communication, respect and mutual understanding. In healthy relationships, you make decisions together, there is no imbalance of power. Both you and your partner can openly discuss relationship problems, without fear of retaliation. When both people in a relationship feel understood and heard it keeps one person in the relationship from feeling like they are giving into the wants and needs of the other.  In a healthy relationship you both respect each other's independence. Although you both enjoy spending time together, you know the value in spending time apart. If or when the relationship ends, neither of you refuse to let the other one go. Although, you or your partner may feel sad or broken hearted by the breakup there is no stalking, resentment or revenge after the relationship has ended.

Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

Holding each other to the same standard and making decisions together

Believe what your partner has to say.  You don't need to "prove" each other's trustworthiness

Accepting responsibility for your actions and owning up to your wrongs.

You are honest with each other, but can still keep things private.

Openly discuss your problems, listen. Value and respect each other's decisions and opinions.

Enjoy time with your partner but you know the value in spending time apart. 

Respect: Show respect for your partner by being emotionally affirming. Listen to your partner without being judgmental. Respecting and not overstepping your partners boundaries. 
Compromise: Understanding and accepting differences and agreeing/finding a common ground.
Commitment: Requires a lot of giving emotionally and sacrifice. Always remember to put each other and the relationship first. Work together through your relationship challenges ---- grow together.
Mutual Sexual Choices: Talk openly about engaging in sex together. Mutually consenting to sex and openly discussing your boundaries regarding sexual choices. You discuss safe sex and the importance of using condoms and birth control effectively.

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