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April 2, 2020

Most people want to be in healthy relationships – with themselves, with their friends and family, and especially with their romantic partners. But sometimes the deep love that comes with a romantic commitment can veer off into unhealthy territory, resulting in arguments, unhappiness, and even abuse. While every relationship is as different as the people in it, here are a few ways to check whether you’re in a healthy relationship:

1. Communication.

 While it may be a cliche, communication can be one of the most significant factors in determining whether or not a relationship is healthy. Are you able to be open with your partner about your thoughts, feelings, and desires? Do you let them in rather than pushing them away when dealing with difficult emotions? Do you solve conflicts and disagreements by talking them through? If so, you’ve mastered the art of healthy communication in relationships.

2. Compromise.

Man kissing forehead of his partner on top of a cliff overlooking a valley. Relationships must be consistent and based on values. It's more than just liking someone.

 Whether this means deciding what to eat for dinner, how to load the dishwasher, or where to live and raise a family, compromise is an essential component of a healthy relationship. While we all want to be extremely compatible with our partners, the reality is that there will always be ways in which we differ, from mundane household preferences to bigger life goals and choices. The key is to find a way in which your different preferences and desires can work together, compromising on the little stuff, and working through the big stuff together. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t advocate for yourself and your own desires – just that compromise is a necessary factor for both parties in a relationship!

3. Independence.

 Whether you’re swept up in a new love affair or are settled into the comfortable stability of a long-time partner, it can be tempting to spend most of your time with them. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, relationships can quickly become codependent and unhealthy. It’s important for both partners to continue to cultivate a sense of independence and autonomy alongside the commitment of a relationship. Whether this means pursuing a special hobby or interest, an evening dedicated to some alone time, or simply a fun night out with other friends, independence is key to a healthy relationship. Once you’ve recharged away from your partner, you can come back to them rejuvenated and reaffirmed in your commitment to them.


If the journey of being a happy, single person feels challenging, seeking professional support can be a valuable resource. Therapists are trained to help individuals navigate their emotions, explore personal goals, and develop strategies for finding fulfillment. Through therapy, you can gain insights into patterns of thinking and behavior, identify areas for growth and receive guidance on building a positive and meaningful life.

Our society often prioritizes romantic relationships, but learning how to be happy as a single person is a powerful and transformative journey. It’s a time for self-reflection, personal growth and the cultivation of genuine happiness that comes from within. By embracing solitude, practicing self-love, building meaningful connections and setting personal goals, you can navigate the single life with confidence. Remember that being single is not a state of lack but an opportunity for fulfillment. Embrace your journey, focus on your well-being and fall in love with yourself!

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We offer a diverse range of individual counseling services and couples therapy. Our dedicated therapists can help with stress management, symptoms of depression, self-esteem challenges, and college student counseling. Additionally, we specialize in offering support for addressing body image concerns, and navigating the unique challenges faced by women, among other aspects. If you need support, reach out to connect with a therapist.

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