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"The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships." ― Anthony Robbins

Successful relationships are not something that are built in a day; there are many factors that go into the making of one. Being intimate with a person does not always mean you shall connect in a better manner; relationships also depend on how well you connect emotionally. An ideal relationship is one where both the persons can be their individual self, and also learn to accept each other with all their flaws. When you are in such a relationship, both partners give each other complete freedom and also support each other in every aspect of their life. There are certain components that are required to create the base of such a relationship, and some essential points are discussed below.

Bond of Friendship
Having a bond of friendship between the couple is very necessary. Couples that discover this beautiful bond end up knowing each other to a deeper level. Friendship is something that will help you to connect in various ways, and considering your partner to be your friend would help you to enjoy each other's company to the fullest. Being friends can also help you to care for and understand each other in various spheres of life.

Mutual Respect
For a relationship to be truly compatible in every aspect, couples need to maintain respect for each other. This respect can be towards one's career or any other issue related to life. The moment you display a sign of respect towards your partner and appreciation for what he/she is doing for you, it will only help to strengthen this very special bond that you share. Mutual respect only helps a couple to grow in a relationship.

Affection and Intimacy
The right levels of affection are required in a relationship in order to strengthen the bond. Although physical intimacy is required, it does not always mean there is no other way to express your love. Even a simple "love you" works wonders when your partner is under stress. You might be surprised how well a tight hug can keep couples more connected. A healthy relationship, therefore, can be gauged when couples share a lot of affection and are intimate with each other no matter how busy their schedule may appear.

Honesty and Trust
Honesty between a couple helps bring them closer to each other and also to know more about each other. It is necessary that both the partners are completely honest about their opinions about all issues in life. Honesty will help to build the right amount of trust, and couples can also learn to value each other's opinions and beliefs. This will in turn help to develop the right levels of respect for each other.

Sense of Humor
Laughter can sure be a great way to ease things between couples. Having a great sense of humor and being able to share funny moments take the relationship to a new level. Having the perfect sense of humor without really hurting sentiments of people around you is one of the traits that goes into the making of a healthy relationship. It also helps couples to overcome difficult situations with more ease.

Perfect Communication
A relationship would require you to constantly communicate with your partner and get one's feelings across. Communication is required so that couples can understand each other perfectly and also avoid misunderstandings. There could be no other better way than to express your feelings before your partner and also gain his/her confidence in due course of time.

To maintain a healthy relationship, a couple would also need to have a common vision and goal. This would help them to get the most out of their life together.