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6 Building Blocks of a Great Relationship

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As humans, we’re all social animals. We crave contact with others for support, wellbeing and entertainment.

Although we’re born with some relationships like family, we also build many important relationships in the course of life for different reasons and benefits.

These relationships become a part of who we are and contributes to our sense of personal meaning. If you’re in a fun and mutually beneficial relationship and wish it only grows then here are 6 essential building blocks that help create and sustain healthy, fulfilling, and, great relationships.

1. Communication

It goes without saying that communication is vital in any relationship.

After all, without communication, the vast majority of relationships fail to work. It’s important to tell your partner, family and friends how you’re thinking and feeling.

Communication is not only paramount for growth, it is also essential for building a long-lasting and fulfilling relationship.

Communication can mean any kind of transmission between people, including non-verbal.

A good relationship allows each party involved to be able to speak openly whenever they need to, to say what they feel and what they dream of, without fear.

2. Trust

Trust is the faith you have in someone that they will always remain loyal to you and love you. To trust someone, means you can rely on them and are comfortable confiding in them because you feel safe with them.

Consistently showing your partner that you’ll be there when they need you is the cornerstone of earning (and maintaining) their trust over time.

Trust in a relationship is of the utmost importance as it allows for both parties to feel safe to be fully accepted, and free expression leads to deeper connection and a greater understanding.

3. Respect

Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them.

Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and wellbeing. It doesn’t have to come naturally – it is something you can learn.

4. Commitment

Commitment is people’s will to stay together. All relationships require a certain degree of commitment. Obviously, commitment to family or friends is different than commitment to a romantic partner. 

Commitment in relationships is about learning to work as a team. It’s about maintaining a common goal for the relationship, without forgetting about each person’s individual needs.

For every relationship to work, each party involved must be willing to commit. Commitment shows that each party in a relationship have accepted each other as “friends”, “a couple”, or “married”.

Commitment allows love, trust and intimacy to mature over time and gives each party some sense of security and control.

5. Intimacy

Intimacy is closeness between people in personal relationships.

It’s what builds over time as you connect with someone, grow to care about each other, and feel more and more comfortable during your time together.
It can include physical or emotional closeness, or even a mix of the two.

You’ve probably heard of intimacy in the context of sex and romance. For example, people sometimes use the term “being intimate” to mean sexual activity.

But intimacy isn’t another word for sex.

Sex with a partner can build intimacy, but it’s far from the only indicator of intimacy.

It’s possible to have sex without intimacy as well as intimacy without sex.

In an intimate relationship we’re willing to show parts of ourselves we are not so sure about—our weaknesses, our neuroses, and the things we like least about ourselves. We feel down deep that the ones we choose to have in our lives know us and accept us, warts and all.

6. Empathy

In essence, empathy means being able to feel and understand, as well as anyone can feel and understand anyone other than themselves. It means being able to walk in someone else’s shoes.

No relationship is perfect, and important tests can arise at any moment, which could be caused by a mistake.

You may sometimes judge your partner by their actions, particularly if they let you down in some way.

Instead of judging, try practicing compassion. Your partner is just like you- namely, human! Just as you might make errors, they will too. Instead of judging and slipping into anger, approach your partner with empathy and compassion. This will allow you to have a more open dialogue.

Once you intimately understand and experience another, the ability to feel what they feel (as close to the way they actually feel it), to know what they’re thinking (almost reading their mind), and to understand how they process what is happening to them, empathy becomes easier.

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