Welcome to February! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, romance is top of mind for many people. Relationships can be beautiful and easygoing … And sometimes they can be stressful and anxiety-ridden. Single? Relationships with your colleagues, friends and family are equally important to your happiness. So being able to recognize the positive signs — or green flags — of a healthy relationship is vital to creating long-lasting and meaningful relationships no matter the status of your love life.
Did you know that experts say unhealthy relationships can increase the likelihood of depression, anxiety or even suicide? No, thank you! On the other hand, not only is being happy and healthy in a relationship good for you, it’s also good for your mental health. Quality, positive relationships can help us live longer and provide a sense of purpose and belonging. Now, that’s what we’re talking about!
Remember … It takes two to tango. Each person in the relationship must be committed to the dance (or waving the appropriate green flags, if you will) in order to stay in step with their partner. Signs of a healthy relationship shouldn’t be difficult to find if you’re looking in the right place. Mutual respect, a balance of power, honesty, open lines of communication, trust and kindness are great places to start.
So whether you’re in a romantic relationship or single, Give an Hour has a few helpful tips to help you recognize the positive signs where you should focus your efforts. Feel free to download this handy “green flag” one-pager or share with a co-worker, friend or loved one. You’ll be glad you did!