5 Tips To A Healthier Relationship

Navigating romantic relationships can be both exhilarating and challenging, especially when it comes to young adults. As an 18-year-old myself, I’ve experienced firsthand the highs and lows of building and maintaining meaningful connections.

I’m about to share with you five invaluable tips for fostering healthier relationships, drawn from my personal experiences and observations. While I may not possess the wisdom of age, I believe that the insights gained from my journey thus far can offer valuable guidance to others as they work at  building strong, healthy relationships.

Effective Communication

One of the most important tips I can give is that effectively communicating with your partner is everything.  As humans, we often project what we may THINK another person is feeling onto them unfairly, leading to miscommunications and bruised feelings that could’ve been avoided with a simple conversation.  Beyond just damage control in disagreements, being able to effectively communicate your personal wants nd/needs with your partner in general is crucial to building the foundation of a relationship.  Take care to make sure you’re listening to your loved one’s words as well, not strictly being worried about getting your own point across.  At the end of the day, you need to be able to talk to your counterpart in a productive manner for a relationship to function at all, let alone well.

Prioritize Mutual Respect

Prioritizing mutual respect in a romantic relationship is vital, creating a sense of equality and fairness between both partners. Respect fosters emotional safety, allowing partners to express themselves authentically without fear of judgment or criticism. It also promotes the establishment of clear boundaries and consent, which are essential for maintaining trust and intimacy. It ensures both partners feel secure, appreciated, and understood.

Understand That You Are A Unit

Too often I see a “me” instead of a “we” mentality in relationships.  Take the time to understand that you are both equals, and your actions can impact the emotions or life of your partner.  Prioritizing your own needs over your partner consistently is a practice that will surely doom the relationship to fail.

Strong Foundation of Trust

Now this one is a given. Trust and reliability are essential for maintaining intimacy, security, and emotional connection in any the relationship

Maintain Your Independence

Ironic because of #3 I know, but remember, you are your own person!  In saying this I mean, make sure you are still investing in your own hobbies and productivity, not revolving around your partner’s life.  It’s very easy to get too wrapped up in someone emotionally, to the point you lose yourself.  You’re way too cool to not be you!

I believe incorporating these tips into your relationship journey will lead to deeper connections, increased stability, and an overall more positive dating experience.


By Gabrielle Bolton, Freshman, Howard University

Instagram: @missxxbolton


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Written by Gabrielle Bolton

Hi! My name is Gabrielle Bolton and I attend Howard University. I am beyond grateful to have been given a platform to share my voice with you all, and I hope you enjoy my work! ❤️

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