ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Develop a Healthy Relationship

Updated on June 14, 2013
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. | Source

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. | Source

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.

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?

Have you ever been in love?

See results

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


As always, I certainly hope this was helpful. Please feel free to browse my profile page on to see featured articles on many topics. I'm sure you'll be thoroughly entertained and hopefully, a little bit enlightened.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      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 profile image

      Gurpreet Seehra 

      6 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      Thanks to you Margaret for spreading the feeling of love.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thsnk you so much for your input! Happy Anniversary!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)