How do you build a solid foundation for a healthy relationship? Among key elements are: 

  • Open, honest communication
  • Mutual respect for values, personal interests/activities, privacy, friends and family
  • Support for each other’s decisions, needs, interests
  • Compromise during disagreements and solving conflicts in fair, rational ways
  • Establishing healthy boundaries that don’t limit your ability to be with friends, maintain privacy, or participate in activities that interest you
  • Trust in your partner’s actions, words, and intentions
  • Acceptance of differences