I would like to talk about the components to a healthy relationship.
I teach that there are five ingredients in a healthy relationship
Love refers to wanting the best for your partner.
Friendship is to know the best and worst of someone and still like, accept and trust him or her.
Companionship is doing things together.
Sex is your physical connection.
Intimacy is expressing your vulnerability – your innermost emotions – to your partner.
It’s possible to have one element without the others. You can love someone but not be friends – not trust each other. You can be friends but never do anything together – you may talk a lot but not share activities, hobbies and recreational time. You can have an exciting physical connection but never truly open up to each other about your deepest fears, fantasies and past hurts – you don’t talk about your deepest nature and feelings. After the five major ingredients, there are six other elements that also play a significant role in building and keeping a relationship strong so that both partners feel loved and fulfilled.
1. Mutual concern
Both partners care about each other’s well being. They’re interested in each other and view each other as important. While not becoming a doormat, each partner wants the best for the other and makes appropriate compromises. Each one takes a sincere interest in the other person.