What keeps people together for decades, loving and supporting one another?
Some of the key components of a healthy, lasting relationship are trust, communication, affection, and commitment. In a healthy relationship, there is play, laughter, and pleasure. There is also respect and support for one another. When people commit to one another and build their lives together, it takes consistent work, but as love and affection grow and bonds get stronger, the rewards of commitment are many. The stability of a strong relationship can enable individuals to grow in ways they might not have otherwise had the courage to. In great relationships you often find mutual admiration, which prompts them to become better themselves. In fact, in the best relationships, the partner becomes a mirror in which we see ourselves, good and not-so-good, and are inspired to grow emotionally and spiritually as a result. As young adults transition out of college and into careers, many will likewise move from hooking up and fooling around into more serious, longer term relationships. It is important to know what a great relationship looks like. Let’s look at some of the signs a relationship has what it takes to stand the test of time.
You trust one another.
You are invested in one another’s lives and goals.
You work at cultivating effective communication.
Some indicators of great communication:
Together these elements of good communication lead partners to feel connected and comfortable communicating with one another. They help establish an environment where affection and loyalty can grow. Communicating through conflict allows relationships to grow stronger.
You have genuine affection for one another.
Respect for commitment.
Relationships can be hard work, but when you do the work, they are incredibly rewarding. By sharing the good days and bad days with someone, you learn more about yourself and become a better person. Trust and communication lead to a connection between people that can provide individuals with the kind of love that enhances life tremendously.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to further discuss the relationships in your life. I am available to young professionals and emerging adults who are ready to overcome their challenges on a quest to transform their lives! My website it full of blog entries and useful content to help you along your way, and I hope you find this free content useful on your journey. Feel free to reach out to me directly if have any questions or if you are interested in scheduling a private session.
Dr. Eileen Wynne