Healthy partnerships aren't automatic. Once we commit to a relationship we have to be willing to take the time and energy to develop and work on it. Research shows, however, that the quality of our personal relationships can have a big impact on our physical and mental health. For example, relationships influence the ways we eat, exercise, engage with family, and how we spend our downtime.
Although relationships are not going to be "perfect" all the time, fostering healthy interactions and understanding one another can help you and your partner to feel secure, happy, loved, respected, and free to be yourself.
The following questions are to help you explore your relationship. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers - just opportunities to keep open the lines of communication.
1. Do you believe your partner is your greatest ally and support?
2. What's your partner’s greatest quality?
3. Do you enjoy spending time with each other’s friends and family?
4. How does your partner show affection?
5. How does your partner support you when you are going through a tough time (job loss, family struggles, school challenges)?
6. How often do you laugh together? When was the last time?
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