A relationship is an association between people based on mutual trust, affection, or some other kind of social commitment. The word “relationship” is used for a wide variety of connection types, including (but not limited to) romantic relationships, family relationships, friendships, acquaintanceships, and work or community partnerships.
Healthy relationships include affection that is freely given and received. Couples in a healthy relationship do not need to remind each other to say kind words or show their love and appreciation for one another. Physical touch and sex are an important part of most romantic relationships, and partners enjoy each other’s bodies and engage with each other enthusiastically (although no one is always in the mood).
In addition to affection, a healthy relationship includes support that comes from both inside and outside the partnership. A good partner will listen to you when you need them and help you to achieve your goals and dreams. They will also allow you to spend time with other friends and family members without feeling jealous.
A strong relationship is characterized by natural reciprocity. You do things for your partner because they are genuinely nice and you like them, not because you feel like you owe them something in return. You respect each other’s independence and do not control or nanny your partner. If a problem arises, you discuss it respectfully and without personal attacks and find ways to resolve the issue. You are not afraid to disagree and may even passionately disagree at times.