Relationships are as important in our lives as our life itself. We all want to look attractive, want to have a beautiful house, family and all luxuries for the people we love and we care about. If we don't have these people and these relations in our life, we would lose all the enthusiasm and interest in the life.
What is relationship ?
The way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected. Each of our relationships elicit different responses in ourselves that help us to grow and learn about ourselves. Relationships often are the glue that holds us together during times of stressful situations and when we face life difficulties. Without relationships we would have a deadened spirit and a lack of connection to our true selves! Relationships usually are our mirrors showing us ways we need to change and become better mates and friends.
**IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS**
As humans, the relationships we form with other people are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing, and thus to our survival.
Researches have shown that there are various benefits of having good relationships:
**1** Longer Life
Research suggests that having healthy social relationships makes a bigger impact on avoiding early death than taking medications
**2**Greater Sense of Purpose
It’s natural for humans to want to feel needed, and like they are part of something bigger. Many people strive to feel like they’re doing something good for someone else, and improving the world in some way.
**3**Healthier Behaviors and Good Decisions
It’s a lot easier to take on healthy behaviors when you surround yourself with people who are doing the same.
**4** Lowers stress & help to attain personal & mental wellbeing .
Research suggests that married or paired people are less responsive to psychological stress, and that the social and emotional support that comes with having a partner can be a great buffer against stress.
**WAYS TO BUILD & MAINTAIN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS**
**Effective Communication**Talk frequently. This may seem obvious, but taking the time to talk with someone shows them you like them. The people we talk with most frequently are generally the people we consider ourselves to have the best relationships with.
Spend most face to face quality time as much as possible .
**ACTIVE LISTENING** Speaking and listening is equally important in any conversation. If you spend too much time talking, you won't ever hear what the other person in the relationship has to say. Similarly, by spending too much time listening, you won't have any of your opinions heard. Conversations are meant to be a two-sided discussion.
**Treat people with respect.**
**Do it for yourself**
Focus on the big picture. There are countless other advantages to having friends and strong relationships. Here are just a few:
Gives a sense of belonging
Increases life expectancy
Can reduce chances of developing stress-related illnesses
Understand that a network of good relationships makes for a quality support system, helps develop social skills and makes it easier to make friends. Your relationships are there to help you in challenging times, to create a feeling of belongingness and to give you a purpose in life. So cherish good relations in life, appreciate them and be grateful for all beautiful, loving and caring people you have in your life.
Accept them and love them unconditionally!