Although every family is different, there are certain characteristics that healthy families share. The quality of the relationship is more important than family configuration. A healthy family relationship provides members with the support, encouragement and empathy that they need.
Healthy families engage in positive and meaningful communication. Family members listen to and genuinely care about what the others are saying. In healthy families, communication is on a deep enough level that all members are able to share their feelings, goals, accomplishments and experiences. When feedback and constructive criticism are given, love and affection are made clear by the use of positive words.