Why Do We Need HEALTHY Relationships?

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and this is usually the time when we reflect upon our dating life.  But let’s explore all relationships.  Satisfying relationships with family and friends helps us feel more protected & positive.  Let’s talk about that a little deeper.

In the words of vulnerability researcher and author, Brené Brown, “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all men, women, and children.  We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.”

In other words, our mental health and personal well-being are connected to the quality of our relationships.  Let’s face it, family members are chosen for you at an early age and sometimes, they can overstep boundaries, but on the other hand, your family will be there with you through thick and thin.

This includes connections with our family members, children, spouses, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other community members.  We gravitate to other like-minded people with shared interests, emotional connections, hobbies, careers, and other activities. Often, relationships can act as mirrors, showing us how we can improve and allowing us to be vulnerable and grow.

Interpersonal relationships are dynamic systems that change continuously during their existence. Like living organisms, relationships have a beginning, a lifespan, and an end. A relationship can grow and improve gradually as people get to know each other and become closer emotionally. Or they gradually deteriorate as people drift apart, move on with their lives, and form new relationships with others. At worst, any one of these connections can become toxic or disintegrate down the drain.  Luckily, it’s never too late to start creating healthy habits in a relationship.  Because in the end, positive connections, play an integral part in living longer & happier lives.  Seek healthy relationships with people to create strong, trusting, and stable connections.

Be Well, Until Next Time!