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5 Ways to build a healthy relationship

By Hannah Hillier

In any healthy relationship, open communication is vital to keep each person happy. When two people love each other, they need to be able to talk about their feelings and problems without worrying that the other person will judge them for what they say or how they feel. Communication becomes even more important when engaging in a sexual relationship as there needs to be trust and honesty between the couple. We are going to take a look at how couples can keep their communication open and encourage a healthy relationship between them and their partner.

1. Make communication a priority

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It may seem like obvious advice, but relationships don't work unless there is effort on the part of both people to make sure that communication between them remains open. A quick chat about nothing can be all it takes to boost communication and help couples get through any struggles they are facing in their relationship. Spending time with each other is a great step toward establishing strong communication as you'll have the opportunity to bring up issues you are both facing.

"A relationship without communication is just two people." 

2. Use "I Feel" statements

When opening up about problems or concerns, couples need to make sure that they approach the conversation in a gentle and understanding way. Using "I feel" statements can help you begin a dialogue with your partner without causing any defenses to go up. For example, instead of saying "you always forget to do the dishes" you could say "I feel like the dishes never get done". This helps keep everyone on the same page without anyone feeling attacked.

"I think..., I feel..., I believe..., I want..."

3. Be open to listening to your partner

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The biggest part of being in any relationship is being able to listen when the other person needs you. Even if it's something small, always make sure that you are there for your partner when they need a shoulder to cry on or someone who will simply be there for them in whatever way they need. Supporting your partner is essential to building trust and encouraging growth in the partnership.

"The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply."

4. Compliment your partner

The best relationships are relationships where both people feel confident around each other. One of the best ways to build confidence in your partner is to compliment them when they are doing something right. A little encouragement goes a long way when it comes to building self-confidence and self-esteem within your partner, which is great for creating a long-lasting bond and partnership.

"Sometimes just a little compliment can make someone's entire day."

5. Be open to new experiences

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In relationships, it's important for couples to explore and try new things. Sexual relationships are enriched when two people work together to come up with new experiences that will strengthen the bond they share. When a couple is willing to go out on a limb and try something different or sexy, this can help them become closer. It also helps build trust between you and your partner by encouraging each other to experiment and try things that make them happy.

"Love is an experiment...what happens next is always a surprise."

Conclusion

Keeping relationships healthy requires open communication between partners. If you are struggling to feel comfortable opening up to your partner, try some of these suggestions to help you feel more at ease when speaking with them. Whether it's about your sex life or just everyday struggles that couples face, being open and honest is the key to ensuring that relationships grow. Building trust will help you and your partner feel confident, appreciated, and listened to by each other which will set a strong foundation for moving forward.