Friday, February 17, 2012

Healthy Love

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!  With all this talk of love and relationships, it makes us think: what is the definition of healthy love?  We know it’s not all about flowers and chocolate but nurturing the relationship throughout the entire year so you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a significant other. 
Here are a few “healthy love” characteristics:
  • Each person allows for the individuality of their partner.
  • Bringing out the best qualities in their partner and vise versa.
  • Each partner has the ability to accept endings, if necessary.
  • Experiencing openness to change in the individual and the relationship.
  • Inviting and encouraging growth in their partner.
  • Experiencing true intimacy in the relationship physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Being able to experience giving and receiving in the same manner.
  • Not attempting to control or change the other person.
  • Not being dependent on their partner for happiness, but simply wanting to be with each other.
  • Not seeking unconditional love. This type of love is parental love. Parents accept any behavior from a child and will still love them. Adults need to be treated with dignity in order to stay in a relationship.
  • Enjoying solitude and togetherness.
  • Expressing feelings freely.
We hope that your relationship is full of “healthy love” during this Valentine’s week and all throughout the year!

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