Having A Healthy Relationship is the key to finding happiness. In this article I am going to not only talk about having healthy boyfriend / girlfriend relationships, but friends, family, and complete strangers as well. Learning about having healthy relationships isn’t hard, but it takes a lot of dedication and building to maintain.
Benefits of Having Healthy Relationships
- Better Connections
- Good Emotional Support
- Less Stress
- Longer Lasting Relationships
- Building Social Skills
Love is one of the most overused words in the English language. People use it to the point where it no longer has any meaning to them. For other people love is the least used word in their vocabulary. Relationships should be full of love. You should learn to love your best friend the same as you would your lover. Obviously without the intimacy, but what I am talking about are the true feelings of caring and respect for the other person’s life. The kind where you do nice things for them and don’t feel any of the negative emotions such as jealousy, anger, hate, greet, disrespect, etc. around or toward them. People will pick up on it when you love them and in return most people will love you back and these relationships will last a long time.
Loving and caring relationships carry a lot of responsibilities. They do however benefit you in many ways. One way they do is by providing you with emotional support. Emotional support is something that people take for granted until a day comes when they really need it. The only way to get emotional support is to have a connection with another human being. You can only self-support so much before you need to rely on the guidance from others. If you have a strong circle of close friends then you will have all of the emotional support you need. People get stuck in these downward spirals of sadness and depression, because of something that happened. These downward spirals can last for years if they don’t get stopped early on. When you get the support you need in the beginning then these bad situations don’t have the opportunity to develop and evolve into a drastic life situation. With proper support years of bad luck and depression can be alleviated in a matter of days or weeks.
The same is true for stress as well. There are many reasons why having a strong relationship will fix a stressful situation such as emotional support, distractions, less worry, financial support, advice, and many others. Building up a relationship and its trust is one of the best things you could ever do to lessen your worry and stress. The stronger the relationship is the more support you will receive.
In the short-term the benefits are nice, but in the long-term you can add a lot of stability into your life. If you have a spouse and both of you work to combine your money into one pool. If both of you manage and cover your share of the expenses and save then you would be in a financially stable relationship. Years down the road if one of you were to get sick and have to miss 6 months of work the other one could cover your back and make it a fast smooth recovery. The stability part doesn’t always mean financial stability either. You can have hobbies that you share with friends your entire life. Jobs and couples change, but you and your friend still enjoy your same hobbies years and years later.
The benefits to having a healthy relationship are great. This is probably one of the most important aspects of your life and without it you will be lost and lonely. I am about to give you some great tips and advice to help forge some of these relationships with either a spouse, boyfriend / girlfriend, friend, acquaintance, or a complete stranger. The principles behind this are simple, but remember it takes time to build a strong trusting relationship with anyone.
- Treat People With Respect
- Put Others First Sometimes
- Be Considerate
- Always Put In More Than You Take
- Stay Positive
- Avoid Fights
- Take Good About Others
- Be Kind and Caring
- Avoid Criticism
Avoid fights at all costs. Even if you know the other person is wrong it isn’t always a good idea to point that out. Like I say “choose your battles,” pick the ones that really mean something to you and let the others slide. Fights do happen and sometimes they can be healthy. If a person never speaks their mind or vents then they are building up a lot of negative energy about the relationship. This can lead to poor judgement and really bad fights when it does all come out. It is better to talk with people and let them know ho you feel about things. Tell them ahead of time that you would like to set aside 5 or 10 minutes for each of you to vent about things in a positive constructive manner. You would probably be surprised to find out the other person probably has just as many things to say to you as you do to them. This is a great opportunity for both of you to grow and to strengthen your relationship. Try your hardest to avoid criticism at all costs.
Criticism is dangerous territory for any relationship. I know there are constructive forms of criticism, but when you use those be very careful. Constructive criticism can be a great tool to help some people out, but for most people out there they will get offended and upset by some of the things you say. Nobody likes to be criticized all of the time. If you are a person who does this cut back as much as you possibly can. Criticizing people is a fast way to lose a lot of friends or even make enemies.
I hope this helps get you started on a road to many healthy relationships. The advice I have given is just some of the basics but if you take this very seriously and work hard you will have many more friends and much stronger relationships. Good Luck!