A romantic relationship between two people is unlike any other in life. You can have multiple friends and colleagues, but you can (or should) only have one "significant other." This is why they have such a vague but powerful title. 

Though comparing yourself to other couples is a recipe for disaster, it's important to understand the characteristics of a healthy relationship. 


We all get rose-colored glasses when we fall in love (no idea who ships these things, but everyone gets them) so here are some aspects of healthy relationships so you can anchor your perceptions in reality.

1. You can speak your mind freely

This means saying what you really feel, without fear of the response. If you can do this, it's a great sign that your relationship is healthy and happy enough to last. 

2. You never feel like you're "walking on eggshells"

Speaking freely is one thing, living freely is another. 

You should know that few things are more stressful and emotionally damaging than having to walk on eggshells with your SO. There is no room for this in strong relationships. 


3. You have space to be yourself 

Personal space is not just a physical social expectation but a psychological necessity. 

Everyone knows the couple who seems to consume one another by avoiding old hobbies and friends to be together every. single. minute. This is obviously not healthy and not sustainable either. 

4. You actually take that space and make it yours

Having an opportunity and taking said opportunity are two totally different things. 

In healthy relationships, it's about more than knowing he's good with girls' nights or she supports your weekends away with the bros. It's about maintaining those things well into the relationship.