Relationships are the people that you share your life with. They can be romantic, platonic, familial or professional, and they may be long term or short. Healthy relationships provide many benefits, including emotional and physical support, mental health, a sense of belonging and community. They can also improve productivity, and help you get ahead in your work or personal life.
Healthy relationships include mutual respect, communication and compromise. It is important that each person in a relationship feels safe to talk about anything and everything, even when they disagree. This can be difficult, but if both parties are committed to the relationship and willing to work through disagreements, healthy relationships can be formed.
In a romantic relationship, healthy couples make time for each other and remember details about their daily lives. They discuss sex and intimacy in a way that is satisfying to both parties. They are respectful of one another’s sexual preferences and don’t judge each other for how they choose to express their sexuality. They make it a priority to have fun together and encourage each other to pursue stimulating activities that they enjoy outside of the relationship.
Having close relationships can also boost your mental and emotional health, and prevent depression, anxiety, and other symptoms of depression. Having good social connections is also associated with a lower risk of illness, and has been shown to help us recover faster from disease and infection. If you have unhealthy or toxic relationships, they can rob you of your happiness and keep you from reaching your full potential.