Relationships are a way for two people to bond and connect emotionally. They may be family relationships, friendships, acquaintanceships, or romantic relationships.
When two people enter into a relationship, they usually use the identifiers of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” to signify that they are together. They also may make plans and spend time together, and work on growing their connection.
A healthy relationship requires trust and honesty. When you have someone you can trust, you’ll feel more comfortable taking risks that can help you grow as an individual.
In a healthy relationship, both partners are dependable, meaning they will do what they say they will. This includes being there for each other, whether it’s making breakfast or cleaning up after themselves.
Share information freely, but don’t overwhelm your partner with too much personal information too quickly. Show interest in what your partner has to say and try to fully understand them.
Be empathetic and understand each other’s nonverbal cues, which include body language, to communicate effectively. When you can do this, you’ll be able to see how your partner feels and respond accordingly.
Maintain a meaningful emotional connection with your partner to make them feel valued and loved. You’ll each feel fulfilled and emotionally satisfied in your relationship.
Having healthy relationships can help improve your physical health, mental well-being and overall quality of life. Research has shown that having a close, supportive relationship can lead to lower stress levels, better sleep and stronger immune systems.