Relationships are a huge part of our life. They help make up the social support network that helps keep us healthy throughout our lives.
Traditionally, there was a clear distinction between romantic and nonromantic relationships, and there were well-defined boundaries about what it meant to be in a relationship. However, the word “relationship” is now used to describe a wide range of human connections, both romantic and nonromantic. This can lead to confusion about what it means to be in a relationship, and about the types of relationships that are considered healthy.
A good relationship requires trust and familiarity, which develop over time as two people get to know each other better and feel comfortable around one another. It also includes a level of closeness and intimacy that is based on mutual respect, affection and equality. Physical intimacy often involves sex, but it is possible to be in a loving, healthy relationship without it, especially if both parties are on the same page about their sexual desires and preferences. Other forms of physical intimacy include kissing, cuddling, and sharing food and other experiences together.
It is important to communicate openly and honestly in a relationship, and to listen and respond to your partner’s needs. A positive attitude is also a key component of a happy and healthy relationship. Research suggests that spending quality time with your partner—like going on a date, doing a hobby together or just sitting down to talk over dinner—helps maintain a strong bond and improves the overall health of your relationship.