Although to some, open relationships seem to be a horrible idea for others, and for those who are in open relationships, they are extremely healthy. Many people believe that being with more than one partner, or being committed to more than one person is impossible; but, if a couple is open to the idea, and if both parties are on board from the start, healthy relationships can work, and for the most part do work. In fact, couples that are in open relationships have been together for more time than traditional couples, and seem to be much happier as well. These are some reasons open relationships work, and some healthy habits they can teach us.
Open communications -
With an open relationship, couples allow one another to have different partners. Of course you have to define the parameters of this, and should both agree on what "open" really means. But, in open relationships, couples are more likely to communicate better, as they are not afraid of being caught. So, this helps build trust and stability, and helps bring the couple closer together, and it eliminates the need to hide things from one another, not only in their sex lives, but in all areas of their lives.
Eliminates fighting -
Another reason open relationships make things better is they let the couple let their walls down. Since they are so open with one another, and share things with each other, there is far less fighting. This goes for everything; whether it is work, finances, family, or any other area that would be stressful for most couples, those who are in open relationships find it easier to avoid confrontation, and to talk things out. This helps bring them closer, and it also helps each individual in the relationship get what they want out of the relationship.
You set the rules -
With open relationships, each couple is going to have rules in place. Some couples simply include kissing as a part of the open relationship; with other couples, as long as discretion is present, and both partners are honest with one another, they can have sex with anyone (as long as the other partner approves). You have to set the rules early on in the relationship, and have to determine what "open" means, so as to avoid arguments, and to avoid one partner feeling betrayed, or feeling as if they were not fully aware of what the other was doing.
Both partners are happy -
In open relationships, both partners are going to be happy; both sexually, as well as emotionally happy. In many instances, people stay together because of kids, because they have been together for so long, or for convenience. But, in an open relationship, both parties are actually happy. If you love your partner, yet feel they can't please you sexually, you can go elsewhere for that connection, as long as both parties are okay with it. And, for an emotional connection, you have that partner, the person you love, and can talk to them. This fulfills both the sexual, as well as the emotional connection that everyone wants to feel. In fact, many couples who are in open relationships feel much happier, they feel they are fulfilled, are closer to one another, and do not have that jealousy factor that other couples experience.
Expression and eliminates jealousy -
You can express yourself, and choose different partners in open relationships. And, since both partners know what is going on, and full discretion is in place, the jealousy that would be felt, or the feeling of being betrayed is no longer present, since both individuals in the relationship, have agreed to the terms that are laid out in their open relationship.
Whether you choose to be in open relationships for a period of time (decide how long in advance), or choose to do so indefinitely there are many benefits, and individuals in open relationships have a much healthier relationship than traditional couples. So, whether you believe in this concept or not, and whether you agree with it or not, couples who are in open relationships, tend to get along better, tend to be happier, and tend to have a much healthier relationship than those who are stuck in a monogamous relationship. Some couples even join websites like Swinglifestyle that embrace open relationships.