Relationships and Wellbeing

Whether we’re talking about a romantic relationship or the relationship between an individual and their doctor, relationships are the foundations of our wellbeing. They shape our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, and can even affect our physical health.

Intimate relationships may involve sexual intimacy and feelings of romance or love, but they also can be about emotional closeness and physical affection (like hugging and cuddling). They’re a major part of our daily lives, connecting us to one another in meaningful ways.

Relationships are not a single type of interaction; they can encompass all kinds of connections, including family, friends, and coworkers. Some relationships are casual “acquaintances,” such as people you might pass in the halls and smile at. Other relationships are more formal, such as a legal relationship that is defined by an agreement, such as a marriage certificate.

Green flags in a relationship include empathy and an ability to communicate with your partner. Often this involves discussing sensitive issues, like infidelity or finances. During these discussions, you both strive to understand one another and find compromises that will help you maintain the stability of your relationship.

When life throws you a curve, your partner is there to support you through the rough patches. When you’re with “the one,” hardships don’t tear you apart; they strengthen your bond by forcing you to rely on and appreciate each other. This kind of mutual encouragement and respect for each other’s qualities can make a big difference in your mood, helping you feel happier and more resilient.