1. “Does my partner bring out the best in me and make me a better person?” – you hit the nail on the head there, Wendy! I really believe that’s a true sign of long-term happiness in a relationship. It certainly is in mine!

  2. Definitely agree!! A healthy relationship brings out the best in you and makes you genuinely happy! You’re comfortable with one another and you can be honest without fearing your partner. I’m blessed to say I have a healthy relationship with my boyfriend for about 4 years now and we have those signs on your checklist! Thank you so much for sharing. More power to you and your marriage!

  3. Sometimes it seems that couple relationships give a lot of work and become horribly complicated. But if we stop to think, we realize that having a healthy relationship is very simple as long as the two members of the couple are able to put aside their own insecurities and bad experiences of the past.

  4. My hubby and I are about to put one year of marriage and we show a lot of this but we aren’t perfect. Love your tips

  5. You are so on point with this post! Sharing this with friends 🙂

    Denise | theelleaesthetic.com

  6. Mrs. Thompson says:

    Very encouraging and understandable in a way that is so simple, to the point, reassuring… A nice checklist. I’m glad i started the day by reading this. Thank you!

  7. Love this post and think it is so important!! Respect for one another goes a long way, and when there is respect, it is easier to argue effectively!


  8. Great post! I’m happy to see that I can put a check next to most of these boxes! We can always work to improve our relationships, so the boxes left unchecked are still in a work in progress.

  9. Openness is so important! I’m currently at the start of a relationship and I tend to not say things but my partner always encourages me to say what I feel even if it’s different from what he thinks because he wants to know where I am at.

  10. Terrific list. However my relationship needs some work on quite a few of the points you have listed. Marriage is work. We’re going on 10 years married and 20 years together. Nobody’s perfect and I know I have faults in our relationship – it’s a two way street.

  11. Very important points you have here. I especially like the one about encouraging one another to be a better person. This to me shows that you put them above yourself in a way and you want to help them.

    D, xo

  12. Very well said. Took a good look at your list and I think we’re on the right track, although we’ve just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary, so I guess we’re doing something right.

  13. You are on point about everything. I always say I know the theory but application is always the hardest. Are you consistent in applying all of those? We definitely have ups and downs.

  14. I always worry about posts like this, that maybe I will open it and read that my relationship is not as wonderful as I think….

    Thankfully I never do.

    This is a great post, It is very reassuring to be able to recognise your own relationship in a post like this.

    Thank you for sharing x

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