Healthy And Unhealthy Love — And How To Know The Difference

What does an unhealthy relationship look like? In this TED Talk — one of the most popular ever recorded — Katie Hood talks us through how to spot the difference between healthy and unhealthy love.

“In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship — with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member — and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy,” the description explains.

For many, an unhealthy relationship might look different than you would expect it to. The line between intimacy and isolation can be a thin one — and sometimes being swept away isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

But one of the most interesting takeaways is the importance of learning to love in stronger and healthier ways. The whole video reminds us love is a muscle, it’s a skill — and something that we can constantly build on.

“While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time,” she explains.

You can see the whole video here:

It’s an important reminder that love is complicated and that each of us deserves far more than just being in love — we deserve the happy, nurturing love that makes our lives better, stronger, and more fulfilled.