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How to Develop a Healthy Relationship

Consistent love takes work.  Always be aware of your partner's priorities, preferences, and stress threshold.

Consistent love takes work. Always be aware of your partner's priorities, preferences, and stress threshold.

Dating, Single, Married? How to keep relationships of all kinds on the right path.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1Corinthians 13:4-7

This verse from the Bible is a terrific guide to realize the feelings in all your relationships. Patience is a virtue! If you want to have a healthy relationship with someone, you must be patient. Controlling your anger and never losing hope are displays of patience, as well. Smothering and stalking are not part of love. Each person has a right to his/her space, so have faith and allow the relationship to nurture and grow. Just let things flow naturally, and always be honest.

Those who are kind, giving from the heart without expectation, are full of love. Those who are not self seeking, and protect their loved ones are practicing Selflessness.

Everyday will not be like your wedding day.  Know that going into your marriage and strive for selflessness and affection in plenty.

Everyday will not be like your wedding day. Know that going into your marriage and strive for selflessness and affection in plenty.

Envy, boasting, pride, and dishonoring others are all behaviors of a person with extreme insecurities. Your self esteem, or lack thereof, can be detrimental to any relationship. Feelings of competition are not healthy either. Please take the necessary measures to be sure you are treating yourself, and your loved ones, very well. Consult a mental health professional or your personal doctor to assist you, if necessary. If the love is true, the joy of an accolade is shared between the parties involved, as are the sorrows. Supporting your loved one is also showing love.

Trusting your loved one, proving to be trustworthy, and agreeing to forgive and not keep track of each others' mistakes, show love also.

Thus, if you are patient, selfless, supporting and trusting (have faith); the love in all your relationships (romantic or otherwise) will persevere, just as the scripture says.

The Five Love Languages is Highly Recommended for Love of All Types

Here are a few more relationship tips.

There are 25 definitions of love in Webster's Dictionary, ranging from "A strong positive emotion of regard and affection, " to "A score of zero in tennis or squash." There are many types of love. Loving your children is different from loving your parents, or your spouse. Loving your friends is different from loving your pets or your fellow man in general.

Not only are there several different types of love, there are several different types of ways to show love. *Author Gary Chapman has introduced five love languages and other information to the world through his books. Everyone has at least one primary love language. Some of us have more than one.

What About You?

Words of Affirmation – compliments and paying attention to detail and saying something

Quality Time – special time together one-on-one and giving your undivided attention

Receiving Gifts – thoughtful gift giving, knowing your loved one will appreciate the surprise

Acts of Service – sharing chores, or helping with a project can make others feel important

Physical Touch – affection can help your loved one to feel relaxed, comforted and secure

Knowing these love languages will come in handy if you are single and dating also! Generally, you can determine a person’s love language when they “show” you love. It is human nature to assume that if a person has discovered a specific practice that makes them feel loved, they are inclined to attempt showing love to others in the same manner. So, pay attention to your spouse, children, siblings, parents, co-workers, in-laws, pets, neighbors and friends to see how they express their feelings of love.

Always Love With Your Whole Heart

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"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan


Mmargie1966 (author) from Gainesville, GA on March 06, 2012:

Gurpreet, thank YOU for your input! Love is so important, and our world lacks so much of it...but has so much of it.

I hope you enjoyed my hub, and if you have any questions, or advice, I'd love to hear it.

Gurpreet Seehra from Chandigarh, India on March 06, 2012:

Thanks to you Margaret for spreading the feeling of love.

Mmargie1966 (author) from Gainesville, GA on February 19, 2012:

Thsnk you so much for your input! Happy Anniversary!

Lisia on February 19, 2012:

Very well said! Just celebrated our 27th anniversary I can say you are so right. Sometimes you need to remind each other of these things. All relationships have their ups and downs but it’s like riding a bike, once you’ve learned the basics, you might get rusty at times but you’ll never forget. Congrats

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