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In an article I was reading, I stumbled across a statement by psychiatrist Amy Banks, author of Wired to Connect: The Surprising Link Between Brain Science and Strong, Healthy Relationships. I haven’t read her book nor do I know anything about her. However, what she said about relationships resonated with me and I think you might be intrigued by it, too.

What she says is that “true love is first and foremost about creating a mutual connection, evidenced by five hallmarks of a “healthy relationship.”” Here they are:

  1. You have a feeling of zest or energy.
  2. You have more clarity about yourself, the other person and the relationship.
  3. You are encouraged and empowered to act, both in the world and in the relationship.
  4. You feel more value in yourself.
  5. You desire even more connection.

What do you think? Would you agree? How have you experienced this in your relationships?