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According to Relationships Australia (2006), people in supporting, loving relationships are more likely to feel healthier, happier and satisfied with their lives and less likely to experience mental or physical health problems.

Healthy relationships are integral to people's happiness and wellbeing. They make us feel confident, respected, loved and secure. Healthy, positive relationships involve each person respecting the other and being able to communicate clearly.

Trust, respect and communication are essential components of any relationship. Trust and respect enable the relationship to blossom and grow. In any relationship it is important to be willing to listen to and accept another person's point of view, treat them as your equal, and care for them.

Factors in a healthy relationship

  • respect
  • equality
  • good communication
  • trust
  • commitment
  • compatibility
  • love
  • friendship
  • honesty
  • sense of humour
  • ability to compromise
  • support
  • companionship
  • mutual emotional support.

The most important thing to remember is that healthy relationships don't just happen, you need to work at them. All couples experience problems in one way or another, it is simply a part of sharing your life with another person.

The thing that characterises relationships that work compared to those that don't is how well the couples address the problems and challenges they face in their relationships. The first step towards developing a happy, healthy and fulfilling relationship is your own willingness to work at it.

Tips on maintaining a healthy relationship

  • communicate, communicate, communicate
  • be affectionate with each other
  • spend quality time together
  • let your partner know how you feel about them and how special they are to you
  • spend time apart to do things that you enjoy (such as hanging out with your friends, playing sport, reading)
  • share your good times and your bad times
  • express trust, equality and respect in your relationships
  • accept your partner's faults
  • be open and willing to learn new relationship skills.

Relationships Australia provides information on relationships and how to develop skills for building strong, healthy and happy relationships.