While many of us are seeking a relationship with a special someone, we need to be careful and intentional about the relationships we form. Many experts agree that there are good/healthy relationships and there are bad/unhealthy relationships. Obviously, our relationship goals should be to have a healthy relationship that will stand the test of time.
Unhealthy Relationship of Codependence
Let’s begin with what constitutes a bad/unhealthy relationship - an abundance of codependence. A codependent relationship is a relationship where one person loses his/her sense of self and behaves in ways to bolster his/her partner’s happiness and well-being while sacrificing his/her own happiness and well-being. In these relationships there are very few boundaries, a strong dose of manipulation/controlling, and oftentimes, no real interests outside of the relationship. In essence, one person is absorbed by the other.
Healthy Relationship of InterdependenceBut what constitutes a good/healthy relationship? Professionals indicate that a good relationship consists of an abundance of interdependence. Dr. Barton Goldsmith, in his article, “Interdependence Day(s)- How to Create a Balanced Relationship,” describes the idea of interdependence: “The healthiest way we can interact with those close to us is by being truly interdependent. This is where two people, both strong individuals, are involved with each other, but without sacrificing themselves or compromising their values.”
Ultimately, an interdependent relationship is where both parties have a healthy sense of self and behave in ways to support and nurture one another and the relationship while having the freedom to explore personal goals and self-nurturing without fear of retribution for seeking personal happiness and well-being. In these relationships there are clear and defined healthy boundaries, clear communication and active listening, and freedom to pursue interests outside of the relationship. Simply put, both parties recognize and value the importance of the emotional bond they share but are free to be autonomous and true to self.
Fork Tine Heart Bracelet – Epitome of a Healthy Relationship
Our relationship bracelet features two hearts (hand-forged from fork tines) that are linked together in a link bracelet. The hearts in this bracelet are connected to one another but can move freely and independent of one another. Very much like a typical healthy interdependent relationship, the pieces support the connection but are free to move independently. The chain is caped off with a bead or charm. Styles vary.
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About Laughing Frog StudioAt Laughing Frog Studio we make many upcycled silverware creations in addition to the "Relationship" Fork Tine Heart Bracelet. We make spoon rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, money clips, barrettes, belt buckles, key chains, bookmarks and more! We can even make creations with your family silverware! With your handmade creation, you will receive some history of the piece - manufacturer, pattern name and pattern year.
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Laughing Frog Studio’s mission is to create high-quality, handmade, unique and one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage silverware jewelry, accessories and housewares that enchant the creative spirit, honor the eco-friendly lifestyle, and spread kindness and a sprinkle of humor as often as possible.
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