January 27, 2021
5 Benefits of Healthy Relationships
- Building Dreams
Source: Northwestern Medicine | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 1/27/21
Why Healthy Relationships Are So Important
As humans, the relationships we form with other people are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing, and really, our survival.
Humans have an inherent desire to be close to other people. To connect and build relationships. While a man stranded on an island, talking to a volleyball (you remember the movie!) isn’t necessarily “healthy,” his compulsion for company is. That’s because the fact of the matter is, healthy relationships (romantic relationships, friendships, familial relationships — they all count!) can help make for a healthier overall life. But what exactly does a healthy relationship look like?
A positive relationship can be shared between any two people who love, support, encourage and help each other practically as well as emotionally. In no particular order, people in healthy relationships tend to:
- Listen to each other
- Communicate openly and without judgment
- Trust and respect each other
- Consistently make time for each other
- Remember details about each other’s lives
- Engage in healthy activities together
And while you don’t have to be romantically involved to enjoy the benefits of a healthy relationship, there are various studies on the positive effects a healthy romantic relationship can have on your health. Here are a couple of benefits of healthy relationships. Some are specific to romantic relationships, and others aren’t.