Hey guys! I’m back with another Wellness Wednesday and today’s topic is healthy relationships!
What makes a healthy relationship exactly? And what kinds of relationships are we talking about exactly?
Well, I’m actually talking about ALL relationships is your life: family, friends, romantic, platonic, work related, etc.
Love is patient; love is kind.
Let’s start with what makes a relationship UN-healthy:
- You do all the planning, calling, etc and they do little to none of it.
- When it’s time to pay for something they never help (forgot their money again, oops!).
- They like to be negative all the time and only complain about their life to you.
- They never let you talk about your life or ask you questions.
- They borrow things and never return them (even though you’ve asked multiple times).
- They always want to borrow money, but don’t ever pay it back (even though they promise they will).
- You catch them in lies or half-truths all the time (or very often).
- After visiting or spending time with them you always feel worse than before they arrived.
- You hesitate to take their calls/return their messages, because they are always calling and never say why they called.
- Sometimes they are super nice and then the next time you see them they are very rude/mean/negative.
- They constantly say mean things about you behind your back and/or to your face.
- They seem to enjoy making you feel bad about yourself.
- They like to cause drama in your life.
- You end up being their therapist every time you see them.
The hubby and I goofing around for the camera. ^_^
So what does a positive and healthy relationship look like? Pretty much the opposite of the above:
- They help you however they can and offer to help.
- They’re not perfect, but they make an effort to be there for you when you are having a bad day.
- They listen to you as much as you listen to them.
- They help pay for lunch/movie tickets/gas/etc.
- They enjoy talking about positive and encouraging things (hobbies, joking around without making others feel bad).
- They enjoy seeing you succeed and cheer you on.
- Both you and they like to avoid unnecessary drama and frustration.
- You are glad to return a call/message from them because you both respect and help each other.
- You and they both support each other through hard times, but try not to abuse the relationship you both have by making one person the “therapist”.
- They are interested in hearing about you life as much as you enjoy hearing about theirs!
- If they borrow items they return them if ask to do so.
- They rarely borrow money and always pay it back as soon as possible!
- They say positive things about you behind your back and to your face.
- They try to make their time with you enjoyable and help plan things for you to do with them just as often (or nearly as often) as you do with them!
Left to right: My hubby D, me, my little sis, Mom, and Dad. Happy times!
Overall, the important thing to remember from this post is that a healthy relationship is where both people try to considerate of each other and make their time together fun & enjoyable for everyone. A negative and UN-healthy relationship is one where only one person does most of the work without thanks or appreciation, and the other reaps all the benefits and reward without even being grateful.
Me w/ my longtime friend & pen-pal Sabine! We’ve always been there for each other over the 12+ years of our friendship! ^_^
So, in closing it is important to make sure that those closest to you are treating you with as much kindness and gratitude as they can. If you have toxic friends or relatives who can’t seem to be kind to save their lives, it might be best to put some distance between you and them and to let them know that they need to back off for awhile.
I hope this article has helped you think about ways to make your relationships healthier! Also, I hope ti helps you look inward and see where you can improve and become a better, kinder friend, lover, son/daughter, sister/brother, worker, etc.
D and me goofing around as we always do, even after over 6yrs of marriage!
Side note: If you are being physically, emotionally, or mentally abused in any way please seek help and get away from the person who is abusing you ASAP! Be safe and be loving toward yourself too! Below are some numbers to call to help you be safe and not get hurt!
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) http://www.thehotline.org/
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/
Love is Respect.org: http://www.loveisrespect.org/
Take care and be well! See you all next week! ^_^