Part of being a human is connecting with others and it’s not just romantic connections that are healthy. The healthiest relationships can be found with friends, family and co-workers as well. In fact, research suggests that people who have close social ties live longer than those who are more isolated.
Relationships are any connection between two people whether that be a friend, partner, acquaintance or even a stranger. It can be either positive or negative and is a huge part of our lives, both mental and physical.
Intimacy: This refers to the emotional and physical closeness that you share with your partner. This can include kissing, hugging, cuddling and sleeping together. It can also include sexual intimacy but it doesn’t have to as not everyone enjoys or wants sex in their relationship.
Emotional support: A healthy couple can support each other emotionally and help when the going gets tough. They can be a shoulder to cry on and encourage each other to stay healthy by encouraging them to seek professional help when needed. They can also help prevent each other from falling into unhealthy habits like excessive drinking or drug use.
Balance: Having a balanced relationship means both partners have equal roles in the household, are respectful of one another’s opinions and feelings and can communicate with each other honestly without judging. They also know how to take time for themselves. Positive reinforcement: Showing your partner how much you care and making them feel special by buying them little gifts, staying in touch with them during the day when apart and generally being there for them no matter what is a great way to keep the love alive.