The signs of a good relationship aren't always easy to spot in the early phase of a love affair.
Just because the sex is amazing or you both love to travel doesn't mean your relationship is healthy or strong.
Healthy relationships involve commitment, self-awareness, and empathy.
They require ongoing nurturing, forgiveness, and open communication.
But these things don't happen overnight.
A good relationship is a work in progress — a daily undertaking that you both honor willingly.
Of course, we enter a love relationship initially because, well, we fall in love.
And attached to those powerful, chemically-driven feelings are the more practical desires for companionship, emotional intimacy, and a sense of belonging and security.
Being in a relationship is a good thing.
People who are in a committed relationship live longer, are happier in general and tend to accumulate more wealth.
But if that's the case, why are relationships so difficult? Why do we argue, belittle, and disengage from the one person we're supposed to love most?