Making sure your relationship is healthy
One of the most important qualities in a relationship is trust. If you find yourself jealous of your partner, or vice versa, you need to think whether there are things about the relationship that rightfully make you jealous. Jealousy can be a sign that your partner isn’t being as open as he or she should be, or it could also mean that you have nothing to worry about and should work on finding a way to trust your partner.
Communication is also a key quality in a healthy relationship. You need to be able to talk to your partner and should not feel like you have to keep any of your feelings secret in order to avoid making him or her angry or upset. You also need to be honest, and you have the right to expect your partner to be honest in return.
Finally, a healthy relationship should be filled with understanding and compromise. Both partners need to be mindful of the other’s needs and remember that it’s wrong to pressure someone to do anything that he or she is not comfortable with.
If you have any questions about what is appropriate to expect from your relationship, remember the dating bill of rights, which can be found under "More guy talk."