5 Tips to build a healthy, happy, satisfying relationship


Across the world, the month of February has become synonymous with the celebration of romantic relationships and romantic love itself, with Valentine’s Day right at the centre. All too often, however, for various reason, lasting relationships seems to ever evade many of us.

Sine Zungu, a clinical psychologist at Akeso Clinic Umhlanga shares the following five tips can go a long way in assisting you overcome to relationship obstacles and build a healthy, happy, satisfying relationship,

Love yourself

Love yourself enough to know that you are worthy of the relationship you desire, not just any relationship that comes your way

Know yourself

Know where your insecurities lie, know what your own dynamics are. A person in control of himself will not want to control or be controlled by others

Be honest

With yourself and the other person, especially about who you are and what you want

Carefully evaluate the person you seek to be in relationship with

Do you have compatible values?

Be willing to learn from the person with whom you’re in a relationship

Healthy relationships are characterised by growth.

Find someone with whom you can grow

Who will encourage your happiness and who will support you in your pursuit of your own dreams!

Healthy and stable relationships can be useful in adding to one’s sense of happiness and self-fulfilment. Love has the ability to impact not only one’s personal life, but also one’s mental health. The people we choose to include in our romantic lives can have lasting and long-term effects on how we feel about ourselves and love in general, therefore we should choose them wisely. It is useful to be patient, and kind with ourselves and the people we love.

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