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Signs of a healthy relationship

Showing your affection for each other

Importance of affection in a relationship

People demonstrate affection for each other by being thoughtful and considerate, and displaying non-verbal behaviors like holding hands and hugging and kissing. Where affection is absent, you find the partners being unkind to each other and maintaining a distance between each other.

In a happy relationship, the partners make many positive statements to and about each other and their relationship.  Relationships do best in rich positive climates.

Watch this video by John Gottman where he talks about the importance of listening to your partner and responding to his or her emotional needs.


Be Kind, Have Fun, Express Your Feelings

Here are some things that you can do to demonstrate your affection for each other:

Make time to have fun with, show interest in, and care for your partner

Be kind, thoughtful, loving, and demonstrative.

Express spontaneously your fondness and admiration for the things you like about your partner.

Use nonsexual touch and display other signs of affection to strengthen your relationship.

Be willing to express deep feelings candidly and honestly.

When your partner shows you affection, respond with positive reinforcement.

If you need more information, watch this video by with more advice and tips on how to be affectionate.