Qualities of Healthy Relationships
Respect is thinking or treating someone with consideration, to appreciate them, and honour someone’s feelings and opinions.
Kindness is treating others the way you want to be treated, the golden rule. It is being friendly, caring, and helpful.
Trust is being honest, matching our words and feelings with our thoughts and actions.
Good Communication is clear, honest, and respectful of others’ feelings. The ability to work through disagreements/arguments and come to a calm understanding.
Independence is being able to do your own thing and have different groups of friends.
Fun is when you have fun together but not at the expense of others (not having fun by picking on other people).
Equality is when no one misuses their power or skills to hurt or control others.
Safety is feeling like your body and emotions are safe with/around this person.
Empathy is being able to see a person’s world with no judgement, understand their feelings and communicate your understanding.
Empathy Statements can help us consider other people’s experiences without judgement. This can help us understand what people may be feeling, and even why they are behaving in a particular way.
- Empathy Statement 1: I saw, and it made me feel… describe what happened and how you felt
- Empathy Statement 2: They may have felt… think about how the person felt when the situation was happening
- Empathy Statement 3: They may need… think about what this person might need immediately and, in the future, to prevent or stop the bullying from happening again
Respecting Personal Boundaries is listening to what someone says, respecting someone’s answer, and not pushing people to do or say things they are not comfortable with.
Understanding is using empathy and being aware of other people’s emotions.