Maintaining healthy relationships

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  • By Yvonne Viel
  • Violence Program Integrator
Healthy relationships are important for our happiness and well-being.  Engaging in a new relationship is always exciting as everything is “easy like Sunday morning” in the early months.

But as time passes, the realization that building a long lasting relationship takes more than walks in the park, long talks about nothing and that dizzying sensation of being swept off one’s feet when looking into their partner’s eyes, sinks in.

Relationships are a lot like cars.  They need regular preventive maintenance and checkups to keep them running smoothly.  Building a healthy and mature relationship takes effort, involvement, communication and the willingness to invest time into it.

Team Eglin has classes and programs to help relationships grow strong and stay strong.  These programs are open to service members, civilian employees and immediate family members.

They’re designed to enrich intimate partner relationships and maintain a healthy connection by helping couples develop better communication skills and rekindle the romance. These programs include:

  • Couples LINK (Lasting Intimacy through Nurturing Knowledge and Skills)
  • The 5 Love Languages
  • The 5 Languages of Apology
  • Relationship Coaching
  • Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 882-9060 or go to and click on the Airman & Family Services tab to find out more information on these programs or to register for a class.  

Partners don’t have time to attend a class can start with the Love Every Day online interactive tool.  This free tool for your mobile phone prompts partners, via text, to connect in new ways.

Both partners answer one question each day for 21 days.  Questions can focus on what you love about one another, provide new ways to get to know each other, share thoughts and memories, and show they care about each other in fun ways. Log in, live in the moment and spark some fun by visiting

Every relationship has its ups and downs and sometimes we need assistance working through the downs. 

Military members can access free, confidential, relationship and other non-medical counseling services through Military OneSource at 800-342-9647. Civilian employees can access free, confidential relationship and other non-medical counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program at 800-222-0364.