Why The Key To A Healthy Relationship Is Understanding The Needs of The Other

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This article elaborates on why having a healthy relationship depends so much on being able to understand the needs of one another, and more importantly, being able to communicate about it.

Why The Key To A Healthy Relationship Is Understanding The Needs of The Other

Maintaining relationships can be a true challenge. While things may start off great, problems arise and disagreements happen, leaving you to wonder if the relationship is really worth it at all. But as you jump from relationship to relationship expecting to find the perfect person for you, you may find that you’re not actually going about your relationships the right way. 

We all like to believe that the second we enter the “right” relationship, everything else will fall into place. We won’t argue, we won’t disagree, and we won’t butt heads. Instead, we believe that our lives will transform into the fairytale we’ve always dreamed of. 

Unfortunately, this rarely happens. 

Relationships take hard work and commitment. Even great relationships will be difficult to maintain at times, but it all comes down to the effort you are giving to create a healthy environment for your relationship to flourish – which usually comes from taking the time to understand what your partner needs. 

Listening to the needs and desires of your partner is extremely important for having a happy, healthy relationship. But if you’re not convinced, here are a few reasons why you must care about your partner’s needs if you want to have a happy relationship.
 

1. A relationship takes two.


For a relationship to be happy and healthy, you and your partner need to meet in the middle. This means that when a disagreement or misalignment appears, you both should be working to find a compromise that will keep both of you happy.

However, many people fail to see the benefit in compromising. Instead, they go about living as if they are single, only making decisions for themselves. They don’t consider how what the other party wants and needs, and their choices can affect their partner and they expect their partner to adapt to those changes if they want to stay together. 

This way of thinking does not address your partners needs. When you enter into a relationship, you need to recognize that you aren’t alone anymore. The decisions that you make affect another individual, and for that reason, they should be considered before jumping to a choice. 

2. It’s the little things.

When we’re in a relationship, we don’t want to ask our partner to do everything that we need. While we may make jokes about not being able to read the other one’s mind, being intuitive to what the other may need can help to boost your relationship and make your connection stronger. 

Even doing small things that may boost their mood or take a chore off their plate can address your partners needs and make the relationship stronger. If you know that your partner has a long day at work or is dealing with family stress, simple tasks like cooking or cleaning for them can help alleviate some pressure and help them relax. 

These little acts of kindness can show your partner that you are there for them and capable of picking up the slack when they need it. This kind of teamwork and support system can lay a foundation for a happy and healthy relationship. 

3. We all like to feel needed.

Sometimes, our partner just needs to be needed. One of the basic reasons that we enter into a relationship is for the companionship of the partnership. When we have a significant other, we have someone we can talk to, someone to comfort us, and someone who makes us feel like we are accepted for who we are.

This basic need of being needed is something that everyone feels. While a relationship is a great way to get these needs filled, sometimes we grow used to our partner and forget to show that they are special to us. 

To show your partner that you need them, it is important that you are welcoming them into your life. You’re connecting with them on a deeper level, appreciating them for who they are, and always reminding them that they belong with you. With this level of security in your relationship, you and your partner can go forward as a team. 

4. A relationship is about teamwork

If you’ve gathered anything from the past points, you probably understand that you can’t expect to get anywhere in a relationship if you’re only thinking about yourself. If you are your first and only priority, your partner is likely to feel unwanted and move on to other things. 

When you look at happy relationships, you’ll notice something that they each have in common – they make choices together and they support their partner fiercely. This level of support in the choices that your partner makes comes from understanding what that decision means to them, seeing where you fit into the equation, and knowing why they came to the conclusion that they did. It comes from knowing their needs. 

From here on out, view your relationship like a partnership. With the right level of understanding, communication, and support, you won’t need to worry about whether or not your relationship is healthy. By paying attention to what your partner wants and needs and working with them to ensure their needs are met, both you and your partner can create a strong relationship environment.

Happy relationships are about teamwork. If you want to create and maintain a relationship that will last, you need to stop putting your own needs first and consider the needs of your partner. While a relationship is meant to make you stronger and a better person, it still requires give and take between you and your partner. 

Take the time to recognize what you can do to address your partner’s needs. Is it being around them more often? Is it helping them around the house? Is it just opening up so you can connect on a deeper level. When you listen to what your partner is asking for, your relationship will grow. 

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I'm a relationship expert particularly geared towards helping other women find their match. It took me many, many years. I hope that through my experiences I'm able to help other women.

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