Relationships are connections with people, things and events that affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. They are based on trust, respect and understanding. Examples of relationships are friendships, parent-child relationships, romantic relationships, work relationships and therapeutic relationships (such as that between a patient and a psychotherapist).
The goal of a relationship is to provide companionship, intimacy, mutual understanding, support, and love. Intimacy can be physical, such as kissing and cuddling, or emotional. It can also be intellectual, such as talking and learning together. Regardless of the type of intimacy, it is essential to a healthy relationship.
Having positive relationships can improve our mental health and wellbeing, increase self-esteem, and allow us to take greater risks. They can also help us achieve our goals and dreams. For example, research shows that people with strong social connections are more resilient to stress and are healthier than those who do not have such connections.
The best way to make a relationship work is by maintaining some excitement and appreciation, improving communication, and finding ways to spend time together such as going on dates or sharing hobbies. It is also important to be able to rely on your partner in times of need. They can offer a sympathetic ear, encourage you to seek professional help and offer a different perspective on situations. In addition, they can offer emotional and financial support. They can help you cope with life’s ups and downs, provide stability, and make you feel safe.