Relationships – The Cornerstone of Life

Relationships are a cornerstone of life, and offer many rewards. Having a loving partner can help you feel good when things go wrong, and they provide emotional support in tough times. They can bring out the best in you, and help you to become a better version of yourself. They can also reduce stress levels, increase the quality of sleep and help with a strong immune system.

There is a wide range of relationship types, from platonic friendships to family relationships, romantic partnerships to cohabitation, and committed relationships (also called “serious relationships”). A healthy relationship requires intimacy and commitment, with high levels of trust, honesty, and openness. Intimacy often means physical closeness, but not necessarily sex; not everyone wants sex in their relationship. These bonds may be long-lasting, with a deep sense of trust and loyalty based on years of interaction.

Healthy relationships can be a source of honest feedback and accountability, helping you identify areas where you could improve. They can also encourage you to push your boundaries and take risks. They might gently challenge your comfort zone, encouraging you to expand your horizons and live a fuller life. They can also be a source of social support, which is very important for our mental health and well-being. This type of support can boost our moods and immune systems, and improve the effectiveness of treatment for a range of conditions, from depression to bipolar disorder. Social support can even help us live longer, as it has been linked to a greater sense of purpose and overall wellbeing.