“A healthy relationship is a feast of affection/giving for both people; not one receiving crumbs and trying to convince themselves it’s enough.” – Shannon Thomas
Indeed so, a healthy relationship is truly a mutual asset for us in our otherwise competitive life. All of us live in a world filled with uncertainty at every step, and a plethora of problems and tensions. Our work lives are stressful and robs us of our energy at the end of the day. The only thing that holds us together amidst all of this is our relationship with others. Put in another way, in order to exist in a societal construct, we need cooperation from others, which has been the norm since evolution of human beings. Healthy human relationships, be it of any form, stand as the guarantor and foundational bedrock for such a cooperation to take place. It acts as a factor for coherence, inducing better health, both on physical and psychological grounds, and ensures well being for an individual. On the other hand, solitude or isolation of any kind can prove to be extremely detrimental for anyone where in most cases, the person concerned may slip into mental depression or other such conditions and may even resort to some kind of substance abuse. In addition to that, stressful and toxic relationships are also major aspects of concern with similar adverse aftermaths.
Now, the point which needs to be harped upon is what are the beneficial aspects of having healthy relationships around us? Many studies have been carried out in this aspect, which clearly comprehend the fact that healthy relationships render a great deal of support in increasing the life expectancy of an individual since people having good and healthy relationships are almost 50% lesser susceptible to premature death. Also, healthy relationships act as cushions against elements of stress and tensions since, people having caring companions around them during troubled times are found to be more efficient in overcoming and recovering from the adverse effects. Also, a strong base of social support is essential in boosting the self confidence and self esteem of an individual and also helps one to open up and speak out about their thoughts and problems. Strong relationships also help in stimulating a sense of positivity and optimism in someone which acts as a strong motivational element for him.
However, one thing must be kept in mind as far as human relationships go. Not all relationships prove to be fruitful and healthy for us. Many relationships which were very coherent at one point of time may not work out due to various reasons and the intensity of bonding may vary on an inter-temporal basis. Yet, it is our duty to be able to find those special relationships that make a difference for us and nurture and nourish them accordingly and not be heartbroken in case a relationship fails to work out. All relationships need constant efforts and attention to flourish and also correct identification of problems and sorting them out rather than staying in denial.