9 Important Qualities Of A Healthy And Happy Relationship

Focus on these relationship aspects to grow a healthy bond with your partner.

Reviewed by Stephanie Mintz, MA (Clinical Psychology), LMFT
Written by Sneha Tete, Certified Relationship Coach
Edited by Subhrojyoti Mukherjee
Fact-checked by Reshma Latif  • 

Do you often wonder whether your bond has all the qualities of a healthy relationship? Healthy relationships are characterized by mutual respect, trust, empathy, appreciation and more. On the other hand, some relationships may be unpleasant, difficult, and downright painful. When it comes down to it, a relationship is simply two imperfect people who embrace each other despite their imperfections. It requires cooperation, support, effort, and commitment. Both partners must work through their differences to develop a healthy and long-lasting relationship. This article looks at 9 essential qualities of a happy, loving relationship. Keep reading.

9 Qualities Of A Healthy And Happy Relationship

1. Compatibility

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Compatible: (Adjective) Able to exist or occur together without conflict.

A lot of factors go into a successful relationship, but one of the biggest ones is compatibility. When two people are compatible, they truly enjoy each other’s company and find it easy to talk to one another.

If you have nothing in common and realize that you share almost no interests with your partner once the honeymoon phase of the relationship fades away, you don’t have much left to work with. Additionally, it is important to understand that compatibility has nothing to do with love. You must be in love with your partner, but you also must be in “like” with them. You need to actually like spending time with them. More importantly, you both need to want the relationship.

Couples that are completely in love with each other break up all the time because they simply can’t exist happily together. So, ask yourself the big questions: Am I sincerely happy with this person? Will I be able to happily coexist with this person as time passes? People often tend to underestimate the importance of fundamental compatibility in a relationship, but if you want your relationship to last, it is absolutely essential.

2. Mutual Respect

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In a loving and healthy relationship, mutual respect involves speaking to and treating each other in a respectful and considerate manner. It is not realistic for you and your partner to agree on everything, but it is vital to value each other’s feelings and needs. Respect often involves celebrating each other’s differences without imposing your own beliefs on your partner. This is the most important characteristic of a healthy relationship.

It becomes easier for a relationship to grow and flourish when two people have mutual respect for one another because it makes overcoming conflict a lot easier. You and your partner can then approach any obstacle with an ability to see things from the other’s perspective.

3. Individuality

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They say that if you want to love someone the right way, you need to love yourself first. In a strong relationship, both partners feel closely connected while maintaining a strong sense of independence and individuality within the relationship. If you want your relationship to be successful, you need to be careful that you are not looking for someone to complete your “incompleteness” or define you. Don’t forget about your interests or hobbies that were important to you before you became involved in the relationship.

Respecting your partner by encouraging their unique interests and personal goals, which are independent of your own, is key to strengthening a relationship.

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Even if you both do not share the same hobbies, ensure you both find time to nurture your hobbies. You may fix a day or time to spend time for your passions and let your partner know about it beforehand.

4. Open Communication

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Communication can make or break a relationship. An open and honest dialogue is the cornerstone of a good relationship. Open communication involves communicating effectively and transparently with your partner without fearing judgment. If you find yourself freely voicing your worries and feelings when difficulties arise, and expressing gratitude when things are good, you are doing well.

The ability to hold a good conversation is one of the best ways to remain emotionally connected with your partner. So, make sure you put some time aside each day just to talk and listen more actively.

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While listening, ensure you respond in an active constructive way. Be enthusiastic and show genuine interest while your partner is talking to you.

5. Trust

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“All You Need is Love” may have been a popular song by The Beatles, but it couldn’t have been more wrong. As intoxicating as love may be, it is trust that makes a relationship a safe place. The happiest and most satisfying relationships rest on a foundation of absolute trust. It is one quality that will provide incredible amounts of intimacy and security within a relationship and is based wholly on honesty and integrity. There are no defined qualities of a good wife/husband, but trust is one such quality that both of them must-have.

Remember – trust is a two-way street, and it all begins with yourself. If you have a difficult time trusting yourself in general, it will make it harder for you to trust your partner in a healthy way. Secrets, little white lies, and betrayals can destroy a relationship and cause one or both of you to lose trust in each other and yourselves.

6. Shared Responsibility

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What is the number one complaint attached to a troubled relationship? Dirty dishes. Couples who share the responsibility of maintaining their home – whether it’s everyday chores, cooking, finances, or walking the dog – build a sense of teamwork. Sharing responsibilities creates a sense of being on the same team.

With teamwork comes a sense of interdependence that leads to a deeper understanding of one another. If you and your partner both do your parts to share the load purely out of desire, neither of you feels burdened and life becomes a whole lot easier.

7. Kindness

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Kindness is a glue that not only holds humanity together but romantic relationships as well. It is one of the most important qualities required in any loving long-term relationship. Forget about grand gestures – small acts of kindness are what we should be practicing daily.

It could be something as simple as making your partner a cup of tea in the morning or letting them sleep an extra 30 minutes while you make breakfast. Making an intentional effort to be more caring and compassionate with small, frequent, and even mundane displays of affection is what truly counts at the end of the day.

Kindness lies in letting your default reaction be love, being present, and accepting your partner for who they are. It may be challenging to be kind during a conflict, but don’t forget that kindness is about showing acceptance, empathy, and tolerance during the hardest of times.

8. Accountability

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Accountability is a factor that every relationship needs to have in order to thrive. Taking accountability for your actions, words, and reactions takes courage because it requires introspection, humility, and pure honesty. This is one of the ideal partner qualities that every man/woman is looking for.

For starters, it is essential to acknowledge how you may have hurt your partner and what you can do to change your behavior. It requires taking ownership and entails being responsive to your partner’s needs.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of saying “I’m sorry” or “I messed that up” to your partner. Make an active effort to improve things. We already know that nobody is perfect, so let’s not pretend otherwise.

9. Humor

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A shared sense of humor is perhaps one of the most critical elements of a romantic relationship. You don’t need to be a hilarious stand-up comedian, but what matters is finding similar things funny, whether it’s cat videos on YouTube, Saturday Night Live sketches, The Simpsons, or memes. A shared taste in humor helps create a solid foundation for your relationship. It not only provides a bonding point but also creates a sense of emotional security.

Infographic: How To Maintain The Relationship Spark

Relationships need constant nurturing. You cannot just be with someone and leave the relationship to grow without effort. It will need your attention and care. While you can certainly thrive with your partner with the 9 qualities mentioned above, there are some fun activities you can do together to enjoy their company more and build intimacy. Check out the infographic below for more information.

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We hope the points mentioned above have helped you see the necessities of a healthy relationship. Although it is up to your wishes to decide how you define your relationship, these nine qualities of a healthy relationship should be considered. Upheavals in a relationship are inevitable. However, if you are committed to your relationship, respect and love your partner, and want to put in all efforts to strengthen your bond, you will be able to find inner peace and extreme joy in togetherness. Because everything is possible when you are willing to make it work and embrace each other without any inhibitions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a healthy boundary in a relationship?

Healthy boundaries are rules, values, or principles you have set for yourself in a relationship. It helps you understand each other better and develops mutual respect.

What can destroy a relationship?

Several things can destroy a relationship, like not communicating, cheating, not trusting each other, jealousy, possessiveness, insecurities, etc.

What are the red flags in a relationship?

Unwillingness to compromise, possessiveness, not being happy for your partner’s success, lack of trust, overly controlling behavior, and physical, emotional, or mental abuse are all red flags in a relationship.

Name three important qualities of a healthy relationship.

Although there are many characteristics of a strong and healthy relationship, the three most important ones are trust, communication, and mutual respect.

Key Takeaways

  • Healthy relationships are built on mutual respect, empathy, and trust.
  • There might be differences and conflicts. However, communication can help sort the issues.
  • Both have to put in the effort and cooperate to maintain a healthy and long-standing relationship.

Find out the essential ingredients for a strong and healthy relationship in this video that features the 25 key qualities that contribute to lasting love and genuine happiness.

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