5 Tips for a Healthy Relationship - $0

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1. Communication is critical.
“When two people are communicating, roughly half of the message that is being passed and received is nonverbal,” Hardin says. “So it’s really critical to take a step back and think about your partner’s perspective when you’re communicating, especially when navigating text messages and emails.”

2. Intimacy can be an important factor.
If physical intimacy is important to you in a relationship, Hardin says that expressing your personal needs is critical. As humans, we do a terrible job of helping people figure out how to communicate successfully around physical intimacy,” she says. “Start by talking openly about what works and what doesn't work, what you like and what you don't like, and then making adjustments in the moment.

3. Make time for your relationship.
If you're giving 100 percent to work or 100 percent of yourself to other activities, then you’re not leaving much else for your relationship,” Hardin says. “Keep in mind that you need to save part of your energy for yourself and for your partner to productively engage.

4. Maintaining individuality is important, too.
If you maintain your individual interests, this can help strengthen your sense of self,” Hardin says. “So then no matter what is going on with your partner, you are stable and can support them but also you both have the ability to stand yourselves back up on your own.


5. Small things can make a big impact.
Responding positively to your partner in everyday things — such as checking in with your partner throughout the day or picking up flowers on your way home — is the most important thing you can do for your relationship,” she adds. “Show them you care each day — that’s how you can keep a strong connection with your partner, and ultimately, a healthy relationship.
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