Healthy Relationships

  • The Healthy Relationship AWAREness Campaign was designed to educate students on the building blocks of healthy relationships.

    Relationships—romantic, social, working, etc.—may feel effortless and exciting in the beginning but they take work. A successful, long-term, healthy relationship requires ongoing effort and compromise by both parties. Building healthy relationship patterns early in your relationship can help establish a solid foundation for the future.

    Healthy Relationship Building Blocks

    Equality is at the heart of healthy relationships, but there are also many other building blocks to healthy relationships.

    • Respect: Embrace differences, and allow each other to be individuals. Value your friends, family, and partner for who she/he is, and expect that they do the same. 
    • Honesty: Tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Show your friends, family, and partner the “real” you. That is who they really want to know.
    • Trust: Establish trust by keeping promises, following through with commitments, and being honest. You should be able to depend on your friends, family, and partner, and they should be able to depend on you.
    • Communication: State your emotions and your needs, and listen to your friends, family, and partners. State facts instead of judgments, and avoid blaming language.

    Relationship Bill of Rights

    Remember, everyone deserves to be healthy and happy! You have the right to…

    • Be treated with dignity and respect
    • Feel safe
    • Change your mind
    • Follow your own values and standards
    • Experience and express all of your feelings
    • End a relationship
    • Be yourself and feel good about yourself
    • Ask for what you want
    • Set boundaries and make changes to improve the health of the relationship

    If you feel as if someone is not respecting your right to be in a healthy relationship, help is available. You’re not alone. You can contact the Haven Project at the IUP Counseling Center, or your local crisis hotline to discuss your relationship concerns. 

    Ten Tips for Healthy Relationships

    It takes effort, on both ends, to create and maintain a healthy relationship with your friends, family, and intimate partner. Below is a list of tips to enhance your relationships.

    • Keep expectations realistic
    • Talk with each other
    • Be flexible and willing to grow
    • Take care of you
    • Be dependable and trustworthy
    • Arguments are natural, but should be fair
    • Show emotional warmth
    • Keep your life balanced
    • Remember: It’s a process
    • Be yourself

    Adapted from K-State Healthy Relationships

    Online Relationship Quiz

    Below are links to free online relationship quizzes provided by LoveisRespect.org

    This website is a great resource for information on healthy relationships. It was designed to:

    • Create the ultimate resource fostering healthy dating attitudes and relationships.
    • Provide a safe space for young people to access information and help in an environment that is designed specifically for them.
    • Ensure confidentiality and trust so young people feel safe and supported—online and off.

    Take the quizzes below to assess your relationship. If you feel as if someone is not respecting your right to be in a healthy relationship or if you are concerned about your behaviors as a partner, help is available. You’re not alone. You can contact the Haven Project at the IUP Counseling Center, or your local crisis hotline to discuss your relationship concerns. 

    Am I a Good Partner Quiz

    Healthy Relationship Quiz