Here are important things to keep in mind for your relationship health:

Take the time to be there: It is important to make quality time for the other person. Try turning off the TV and going for a walk with your partner, or relax on the couch and just talk.

Actively listen to your partner: Show interest by asking questions, or just being a sympathetic listener.

Balance your relationship with your other obligations: Be honest about your priorities, and follow through with your commitments.

Let your partner know about the good things, too: Point out positives as well as negatives; it helps to show that you see the things they do right, not just what they do wrong.

No two people are the same: Be willing to make compromises with your partner, but remember that you have a right to stick to your values and beliefs.

Make sure your needs are met, too: You deserve to get what you want from the relationship, and from the other person.

Your partner is human: They can’t always meet all of your needs. Sometimes you have to look outside the relationship for more emotional support, or just someone to vent to about homework. Maintaining other friendships is still important while in a relationship.

Keep your expectations of the other person realistic: Don’t expect the other person to change who they are. Also don’t expect them to know what you are feeling or what you need before you tell them (they aren’t a mind reader). But don’t let your expectations be too low, you deserve someone who respects you and your values.

No one is born an expert: Relationships take practice, and each one is different.

Be yourself: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

Talk with each other: Good communication is essential for a healthy relationship.