Relationships are a major part of our lives and having good relationships can improve your mental health. The number and strength of your social connections have been linked to lower rates of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses, stronger self-esteem and better empathy.
Emotionally supportive relationships are also associated with increased life expectancy, better cardiovascular function and lower risk of disease. These benefits have been proven over many years of research.
Healthy relationships are built on effective communication. Making sure you understand what your partner is saying and then repeating what you have heard can help prevent misunderstandings.
In addition, listening carefully to your partner can make them feel more connected. They’ll know that you are really there for them, and this can go a long way in building their trust.
The small acts of kindness you do for your partner will stay with them forever, and they’ll reciprocate those kind deeds in their own way to show how much they mean to you. These little gestures are one of the most important ways to keep your relationship strong and happy, because they let your partner know how much you care about them and how you want them in your life.
Physical intimacy is an important component of any relationship and frequent, affectionate touch–holding hands, hugging, kissing–is essential to a healthy one. Studies have shown that frequent touch can boost your levels of oxytocin, the hormone that helps you bond and build intimacy.