Relationships are a significant part of the human experience. They can be short-term, like a summer fling, or long-term, like a marriage. They can also be nonmonogamous or monogamous, casual or exclusive, and they can have any number of purposes – from physical intimacy to emotional comfort to a safety net.
Regardless of the kind of relationship, there are certain core qualities that every true one should have: healthy communication, caring, mutual respect, love, intimacy, companionship, depth, trust, and unflinching support. A healthy relationship should make you smile together and be a source of strength for both of you. It should help you to be a better person and support you in the pursuit of your goals and dreams. It should encourage you to be your best self, and it should be an honest, open, respectful dialogue that includes discussion of the areas you’re doing well (and not so well) in.
It’s not something that can happen overnight, but if you truly care for someone and strive to build the best version of your relationship, it will bring a richness to your life. It may be difficult at times, but you’ll know you’ve got the right partner when you can lean on them for emotional support and feel your problems fade away just by being in their presence. And if you’re committed to them, they will do the same for you. If you’re ready to take the plunge, we have some great tips on How To Start a Relationship that’ll help you find the right person for you!