Building Healthy Personal Relationships

Humans are relational beings. Interactions with family, friends and acquaintances can be a powerful means of shaping our identities and infusing meaning and joy into our lives. However, healthy relationships don’t just ‘happen’ — they need to be fostered and allotted significant time and energy to develop. Below you will find useful resources for helping to ensure that your own relationships, and those of your loved ones, can flourish.

8 Characteristics of a Healthy and Enjoyable Friendship or Dating Relationship

  • Honesty & Trust
  • Emotional Respect
  • Listening
  • Freedom & Encouragement
  • Sharing Activities
  • Kindness
  • Mutual Affection
  • Shared Decision-Making

For more information or to discuss relationship concerns, please contact Partners EAP at 1-866-724-4327

Source: Partners EAP

Healthy Communication

  1. Listening without countering
  2. Make eye contact
  3. Speak for yourself
  4. State and restate what you have heard. Seek clarification.
  5. Stick to the subject
  6. Look inside yourself
  7. Ask for behavioral change
  8. Remember your own & your partner’s trigger points
  9. Agree to disagree sometimes
  10. Remember the power of apology

For more information or to discuss relationship concerns, please contact Partners EAP at 1-866-724-4327

Words Can Work

Words Can Work can help parents to start and continue conversations with their children about healthy communication.

For 20 years, The National Domestic Violence Hotline has provided free, public education about relationships. You may find that they offer valuable resources on issues such as:

Visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website to read more about other topics and explore resources and help available to you.