Whether it’s friends, whānau, romantic, or sexual, it’s important that you understand what makes your relationships healthy. This requires effort from everyone involved.
Healthy relationships make you feel safe, comfortable, valued and respected. Some things that contribute to a healthy relationship include:
- effective and respectful communication
- understanding what you expect from each other
- knowing your rights and responsibilities
- equality and shared power
- knowing each other’s boundaries, both physical and emotional
- respect for each other’s values, feelings, and beliefs
Think about the connections in your life so far. Healthy relationships are generally the ones that make you feel better and less alone. Think about the qualities you like in people and aim to be like that for others.