Relationships are — not surprisingly — enormously important for health, and there are lots of studies on the biological processes that account for the link between relationships and health. The quality of our personal relationships also has an enormous impact on our physical health, as evidenced by a hefty number of research studies. From spouses to children to friends, parents, siblings and significant others, healthy relationships build self-esteem, improve mental and emotional health and help you live a fuller life.
Ways to have a healthy relationship is shared:
Communication is important because conflicts are inevitable in relationships, and “most people are poorly prepared to deal with them well. If you are already in a relationship, think about registering for a weekend seminar or marital enrichment course, often offered through churches, synagogues and community recreation departments.
Support from family and friends is an ingredient that repeatedly surfaces in good relationships. You might need someone to take the kids for the night, or help with carpooling. If you have a support system in place, or live near friends and family, don’t be afraid to ask them for a helping hand, a sympathetic ear or advice.
Not all relationships are going to be perfect all the time, but for the most part, a good relationship makes you feel secure, happy, loved, respected and free to be yourself. Learning to recognize unhealthy relationships should start early and it is a vital part in making everyone around you happy and to maintain balance with the family and friends about yourself.
You can’t always control the stressors in your life, but for your relationships to be effective, try to keep stress to a minimum. Also, be understanding when others are going through a tough time. Someone who loses her or his job, for example, might behave negatively for a little while. But things should get better eventually and you will have a healthy relationship.