Relationships are the connections we form with people, both inside and outside of our social circles. They are often a key part of our wellbeing, and come in many different forms.
There are four basic types of relationships: friendships, family relationships, acquaintanceships and romantic relationships. Other more nuanced types include work relationships, teacher/student relationships and community or group relationships.
Romantic relationships are a unique category that can have both emotional and physical components. These relationships typically involve intimacy and can range from short-term to long-term commitments.
A healthy relationship involves honesty, respect and open communication between partners. There is no imbalance of power and both partners take effort and compromise to make the relationship work.
Emotional health is as important as physical and psychological well-being, and having a partner who can offer you the emotional comfort you need can be a healing balm when you are feeling depressed or emotionally overwhelmed.
In addition, you can build a stronger sense of identity and belonging by connecting with other people. A sense of connection and belonging is a protective factor against stress and may help you live longer, as well as reduce your risk of depression.
Although it takes a lot of work to create and maintain a good relationship, it’s not as hard or exhausting as many people make it out to be. Like any other activity that takes time and dedication, it’s important to remember that a healthy relationship is worth the investment.