I have been very blessed as I am in a long term loving marriage. As I happily enter my third decade with my husband I feel I can share my own thoughts and experiences on what the magic is for a long and healthy relationship. But these principals apply to all our relationships, whether they are with a friend, colleague or family member.
1) Focus firstly on yourself
I believe it is a very simple recipe and it is the same one I apply to myself, my parenting journey as well as being a wife, a friend etc. That is to focus first and foremost on myself. To be the healthiest version of myself. To be fully accountable and responsible for myself in thought, word and deed. By not expecting my husband, son or friend to do that for me I don't give my power away, and anything they do contribute is a total bonus.
It is so important to speak our own truth. I have learnt to be as Mindful of my own...