wise love words: there are specific ingredients for a healthy relationship

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I teach an undergraduate interpersonal communication course at a midwestern university. And, in this course, we talk about love and relationships quite a bit. Each semester, I ask my students to finish the simile "Relationships are like..." After we discussed this year's responses, which were mostly filled with baked goods references, I decided to take this activity a bit further than I have in years past. Since the theme this semester happened to be baking, I asked my students to developed a list of ingredients for relationships. "If a healthy relationship was a delicious cake, what would be the ingredients?" They ran with it. Students yelled out their opinions, they discussed each option, and they all agreed on the following list:

Then, I had them all discuss and create a list of ingredients found in unhealthy relationships. Here's what they came up with:

I thought they did a pretty good job. What do you think? If you were making relationship cookies, what would you include?



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2 comments:

Pants said...

This was a good one. I envy your students.

Anonymous said...

I agree with a lot of these ingredients, but I also think that intimacy should also be included in a healthy relationship. If you don't have intimacy, you have nothing.

-Megan

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