People in healthy relationships get and give respect. Healthy relationships make both you and your partner feel good about yourselves and about each other.
According to the Canadian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists healthy relationships have five qualities. You can remember them because the first word of each quality goes together to make the word S-H-A-R-E. Check them out.
Safety – In a healthy relationship you are not afraid that your partner will harm you emotionally or physically and you aren’t tempted to hurt them. You can change your mind about something (including having sex) without feeling afraid.
Honesty – You don’t hide anything important from your partner and can say what you think without being put down. You can admit when you are wrong and you expect the other person to do the same.
Acceptance – You can accept the other person as he or she is without trying to “fix” them. You appreciate your partner’s unique qualities.
Respect – The respect and think well of each other. You don’t feel inferior or superior to your partner in any important ways. You respect each other’s right to have different ideas.
Enjoyment – A good relationship also has to be about enjoyment. If it’s not enjoyable, why bother? You can play and laugh together a lot of the time. You feel more alive when you are with your partner.