Relationships are a central component of a healthy and fulfilling life. They provide a sense of belonging and help us feel secure in our own skin. They also support our mental and physical health.
Humans are social creatures, and most of us yearn for close relationships with other people. Whether it’s a friendship or romantic relationship, these connections have the power to shape our lives and keep us connected to those we love.
Keeping your relationships strong requires regular communication. Misunderstandings can lead to hurt, anger or resentment, so make an effort to talk to each other and try to understand what your partner is saying.
Nonverbal cues (body language) are important to good communication as well, so try to pick up on your partner’s nonverbal clues. You may find that they’re more comfortable with a hug than a kiss, or that they prefer to have you sit and chat rather than hold hands.
Affectionate touch is an essential part of physical intimacy and can be a significant source of bonding in a long-term relationship. Having frequent, affectionate contact (holding hands, kissing, and so on) can increase the levels of oxytocin in your body, which is linked to a boost in your emotional wellbeing.
Maintaining your relationships takes work, but it can be worth it in the end. A healthy relationship gives both parties the time, space and trust to grow together.
Being honest with each other and communicating what you need can be hard, but it’s a vital part of keeping your relationship healthy. Always be open and receptive to what your partner needs, so that you can give them the best of yourself.