What is a relationship?
Throughout our lives, we encounter many different relationships with different people.
We have relationships within our family units, at school, and within our workplaces.
Some relationships may be very short, some may last many years. Some may be good for example with old friends; some not so good, like that tyrant boss you had. One relationship we may have is with a partner central to which is romantic and/ or sexual involvement. We may get married and commit to spending our lives with this person; this relationship is very important to us.
What is a ‘healthy’ relationship?
A healthy relationship is when two people develop a connection based on mutual respect, trust, honesty, support, fairness/ equality and separate identities.
Having a strong healthy relationship requires care and communication. Healthy relationships are those that make us feel happy and safe both physically and emotionally. Partners in strong relationships also feel grateful for one another, openly provide and receive affection, and engage in honest discussions including ones about sex.