What is important in a healthy relationship?

All relationships are different and it’s good to remember that no relationship is perfect. The most important thing is communication based on honesty and respect.

  • Equality. Equality in a relationship means that both people’s feelings and wishes are respected and met as much as possible, rather than one person dominating at the expense of the other.
  • Honesty. Honesty is the foundation of a good and lasting relationship. In a relationship built on honesty, you can admit you were wrong, tell the truth without being afraid, and forgive mistakes.
  • Respect. It is important to respect each other. It is important to respect each other’s opinions, and trust and support each other. When a relationship is governed by respect, no one is controlling or trying to change the other person.
  • Good communication (in Icelandic) is the glue that keeps people together. You need to listen to each other and be ready to discuss problems and disagreements. Arguments often happen simply due to misunderstandings!

To strengthen good communication

  • Be clear and speak precisely.
  • Communicate your feelings and ask about your partner’s feelings.
  • Try to imagine yourself in the other person’s shoes and see the issue from their perspective.
  • Brainstorm possible solutions where you both get most of what you want.


  • Talking down.
  • Calling names.
  • Interrupting.
  • Setting ultimatums.

Is this love?

Is it OK to use the silent treatment in a relationship? How about threatening to hurt yourself if your partner leaves you? What is love?

In Icelandic

If you want to share your life with another person it’s good to know what you want out of a relationship and how you want to be treated. Everyone deserves to be in a healthy and safe relationship. It can be good to write that down and write down what is most important to you.

Here are some examples:

  • That I am trusted.
  • That I receive encouragement.
  • That we enjoy hanging out together.
  • That I am treated with honesty.
  • That I am respected.
  • That I am held.
  • That my partner has confidence in me.
  • That we hold hands.

Is this a healthy, unhealthy, or abusive relationship?

But is this love?

Is it normal to always share everything in a relationship?

Is it OK to share sexual videos of your partner?

In Icelandic


Giving consent of one’s own free will is necessary in sex and sexual activities. Anything else is sexual abuse.