Healthy Relationships

Relationships

Whether you’re in a committed relationship or just casually dating, healthy relationships can improve your life. Studies have linked them to lower stress levels, restful slumber, improved mental health and robust physical health. But it’s not just about loving someone and being loved back—it’s about fostering good communication and establishing clear boundaries that allow each person to get their own needs met.

Relationships aren’t always easy, and they definitely don’t come with a manual. The word “relationship” carries so many different connotations that it’s easy to see why some people have difficulty defining what their relationships look like. The term can also be misconstrued as meaning just a romantic connection and neglects nonromantic ones, which are equally important.

In a healthy relationship, your feelings are validated. Your partner may say things like, “I can tell you’re really feeling that,” or “What you just said really made me feel that way.” When your feelings are validated, it helps to boost self-esteem and emotional resilience.

In addition, healthy relationships provide feedback and accountability, helping you recognize areas that need improvement. And they sometimes encourage you to stretch your comfort zone, which can lead to personal growth and an enriched life. But it’s important to remember that not everyone is interested in being your “be all and end all.” That’s why having healthy friendships and activities outside of the relationship can be beneficial, too.