When you’re in a healthy relationship, your partner can encourage those parts of your personality that may be hiding in the background to become more present. This works both ways, and can be a beautiful way to learn more about each other.
A good example of this is if your partner loves to go out and adventure while you are more inclined to be quiet and stay home. In this case, your partner can help you to push out of your comfort zone a little more and take risks.
The most important part of a relationship is choosing to be in it for the right reasons. This isn’t about settling for the good guy that’s “on paper,” it’s about finding someone who makes you happy and who you truly love.
Healthy relationships are also about learning how to communicate effectively, which includes knowing what your needs and wants are and communicating them in a respectful manner. It means making time for one another, remembering details about each other’s lives and working collaboratively as a team rather than as two self-serving individuals. Positive relationships are known to promote health behaviors such as exercise, better sleep and more restful slumber, healthier eating habits and lower stress levels that lead to stronger immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. This in turn can improve mental wellness and help you to live a longer life. If you’re not happy in your current relationship, try to understand why and see if you can make some changes.