14 Realistic Signs of a Healthy Relationship
What is a healthy relationship, anyway? Writer Nick Hornby once said, "It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party."
I'm not a therapist or relationship expert, but after nearly a decade of marriage, I'm not convinced that your taste in movies or music is necessarily a sign of a healthy relationship or determines whether or not you and your significant other are destined for happily-ever-after. My marriage isn't perfect, but it's satisfying and happy, and it's taught me a few things about what keeps long-term partnerships working—in other words, what makes healthy relationships healthy. Thankfully, those things have nothing to do with musical preferences, or I would have taken my country albums and left my Beatles-loving husband long ago. Instead, we've figured out how to compromise on music, and other things, and settle in for the long haul.
Here are a few of those things that I've learned do seem to say something about the strength of your union, and can be considered signs of a happy, healthy relationship.