We have all sorts of relationships. The nice neighbors next door. The co-worker who always sends funny cat videos from YouTube. Our family members (even the annoying ones…) and friends.
Having these folks is one of the best parts of our lives.
Most of us also form romantic relationships. Ah, the joy of finding someone new to date; the sizzle and passion of; falling in love and making a commitment, perhaps even for life. Good, good stuff. Hooking up with our sweetie (or our "boo") can give us so much pleasure and happiness. For many of us, intimate relationships also bring a sense of stability and security.
Truly good relationships take time and energy to develop, and should be based on respect and honesty. This is especially important when you decide to date someone. While it’s important that dating partners care for each other, it’s just as important that you take care of yourself!
In a healthy relationship, both partners:
Are treated with kindness and respect
Are honest with each other
Like to spend time together
Take an interest in things that are important to each other
Respect one another’s emotional, physical and limits
Can speak honestly about their feelings