Human beings crave intimacy, need to love and be loved, and function best when they are. Yet people have much trouble maintaining relationships.
It's clear from the many letters I get to my advice column that lots of folks, men and women, have no idea what a healthy relationship even looks like. Because I write about these things, and care about the environments children grow in, I feel obligated to say something.
From many sources and many experts over the years, I have culled some basic rules of relationships. This is by no means an exhaustive list. But it's a necessary list. Print the rules out and pin them up on your refrigerator door. I won't test you on them—but life will: