I have analyzed relationships thoroughly. It’s a subject that fascinates me. I think everyone wants to know how to have a good, healthy relationship and not have the contrary.

I wrote about the keys to having a healthy, long lasting, happy relationship here:

I have been thinking about the core relationship pillars that lay the foundation of every successful relationship — I think they are:

  1. Trust
  2. Intimacy
  3. Affection
  4. Desire

A chair needs four legs to be stable. I think these are the four relationship pillars. Trust is #1 because it’s the most important and paves the way for the others to develop. Trust is hard because it can take years to build but seconds to destroy. I am going to focus on trust.

Trust is based on 3 essential things:

  1. Communication
  2. Openness
  3. Honesty

Trusting someone makes you vulnerable. Hence why communication and openness are so important. When you choose to trust, you lay out your true, defenseless, unguarded self. It’s key to create an open channel of communication.

Trust deepens the relationship. When you trust someone, you tell each other how you really feel, but that can’t happen if you aren’t completely honest. Honesty goes a long way with trust. When you are completely true and honest, you let the other person in 100% and you create trust.

Communication, openness and honesty are the building blocks for trust and are absolutely needed for successful, long-lasting relationships.

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