Relationships are a major part of our lives and can bring us many blessings. In a healthy relationship, both people care about each other, respect each other, and work to meet the needs of the whole. Relationships can make us happy, provide emotional support, teach us lessons, and help with life’s obstacles. They can also add years to our life and provide meaning, happiness, and enjoyment.
When we are in a healthy relationship, our stress levels are lower and we can get better sleep. The benefits of having close relationships are well documented. They include better mental and physical health, lower risk of disease, higher self-esteem and confidence, and more.
Some people stay in unhealthy relationships because they’ve heard that “relationships take work.” But the work doesn’t have to be difficult or exhausting. It’s more like the kind of work you put into a hobby or project that you really enjoy. Maybe it’s a cooking class or a book club that you both read and talk about together.
In a good relationship, both partners understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are not afraid to say when they need space or something else. When you’re in a good relationship, it’s easy to give and receive love. It’s a joy to wake up next to your partner every day and feel supported through your ups and downs.
Relationships are not without challenges though, and it’s important to work through them. If a problem is not resolved, it can fester and grow into an insurmountable obstacle. Having strong communication skills can help you overcome any challenges and come out the other side stronger.
Being in a loving, committed relationship is the most important thing you can do for yourself. When you’re in a relationship that makes you smile and brings out the best in you, that supports your dreams, and helps you overcome obstacles, you are more confident and have a sense of security that allows you to take risks and go after what you want in life.
Having supportive, positive relationships can add years to your life by helping you cope with stress and depression. Studies show that people in stable, fulfilling relationships tend to have fewer depressive symptoms than those who are widowed or divorced/separated. They are also more likely to have a support system that gives them self-confidence and empowers them to chase after their dreams and advance in their careers.