5 green flags to look for in a romantic relationship

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Do you have a strong relationship that can stand the test of time? Psychotherapist Mary Jo Rapini shares five green flags you can detect in a healthy, committed, and honest relationship.

Here are 5 green flags : 

You and your partner don't play head games with each other

When you're in a healthy relationship, you can be completely honest and transparent with your feelings. Your actions follow your words; therefore, your partner has no need to question your true meaning or intention.

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 You can disagree with your partner without fearing the consequences

Conflict is part of a healthy relationship; you shouldn't worry that your partner will leave you or retaliate when you're honest with them. Engaging in tit-for-tat or the silent treatment does not constitute a healthy relationship. Feeling close, even in disagreement, is a green flag, and this sense of security reinforces the fact that your relationship is more important than winning an argument.

Your partner supports your personal growth

In a healthy relationship, your partner encourages your growth. They do not feel threatened by what your work or fret over who makes more money. They believe in you and encourage you to successfully chase your goals.

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 Your partner engages in their own interests, separate from you

Not all interests overlap. Your partner should express individual interests rather than depending on you to entertain them or keep them company. To foster a healthy relationship, each partner requires personal space to nurture their independent interests and continue to grow in that area. Relationships without separate interests grow dull and lack motivation to move forward.

Your partner takes your recommendations seriously 

When your partner listens to you and seriously considers your feedback, a green flag flies, illustrating the respect they harbour for your intelligence and life experiences. A healthy relationship demands both partners to respect each other. Listening to each other and evaluating their responses demonstrates the value you place on them.

Additional source: Fox26

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