Relationships are the connections we make with other people. They can include anything from casual acquaintances — people you pass in the halls and smile at to friends you go out to lunch with or chat about surface-level topics — to the more serious relationships of lovers, family members and close friends.
Humans are social creatures and place a lot of importance on the relationships we have with others. Those relationships give us the support and encouragement we need to pursue our dreams, take risks and live life to the fullest.
Healthy relationships are balanced in the amount of affection, energy and love that each person gives and receives. They are also characterized by trust and the ability to communicate openly about any issues that may arise.
It is important to keep up with your own interests in the relationship, as well. Couples that focus all their time together and exclude other interests or hobbies can become bored, and this can lead to arguments and even the end of a relationship. Try incorporating new activities into your relationship, such as watching one movie a week or having your own mini-book club.
Many of the challenges in relationships stem from a lack of communication, and it is important to talk with your partner regularly and listen to them without judgment. It is also helpful to double check that you understood each other correctly if you are unsure you did. And, it helps to make a point of communicating when you are both free from distractions such as your phones or TV.