The Benefits of Relationships


The presence of someone you love can brighten your day, bring you comfort, make you laugh and give you a sense of purpose. Embracing a healthy, committed relationship can also contribute to lower stress levels, more restful slumber and better mental health. Depending on the type of relationship you have, it can even help improve your physical health and overall well-being.

A relationship can be any kind of association or connection between people—platonic, intimate, positive or negative. However, when most people talk about being in a relationship, they are usually referring to a romantic and/or sexual bond with a significant other that is mutually satisfying and leads to monogamy (i.e., sexual and emotional exclusivity).

Relationships are more than just about the “moment.” A healthy relationship has many benefits that can be incredibly life-changing. It is a support system that allows you to be your best self and a place where you can grow as a person. In relationships, it is important to communicate honestly and openly so that both people feel safe and understood. You should also respect each other’s individuality and allow them to continue seeing their friends, exploring new interests or simply taking some time for themselves.

Relationships can add years to your life if they are positive and nourishing. They should be fun, supportive and fulfilling for both parties. They should never be a source of frustration, jealousy or anger. Lastly, be sure to take the time to appreciate each other—even when it feels like you have nothing to celebrate. One day you may look back at those small moments and realize they were the biggest blessings of all.