Relationships – What Are Relationships?


A relationship is any kind of association or connection between people, whether intimate or platonic. Most of the time when someone says they are in a relationship, it means that they are in a romantic relationship with a person they love, with some level of physical intimacy and commitment (usually monogamy). However, relationships can be any type of close association or connection between people, even if there is no emotional attachment, no physical intimacy, and no commitment.

In a healthy romantic relationship, you and your partner share mutual respect, you value each other’s individuality, and you trust each other. You communicate openly with each other, and you support one another in pursuing your own friends, interests, and activities. You and your partner work together to create a safe and caring environment for both of you. You also set and keep appropriate boundaries, and you are able to discuss any problems that may arise with one another in a respectful way.

There are many benefits to a healthy relationship, including less stress, better sleep quality, and more enjoyment of life. The physical presence of a loving partner can activate parts of your brain that make you feel good, and studies show that people are happier when they are in a committed relationship. Getting to know your partner, communicating openly with each other, and growing closer to one another will help you enjoy your relationship more. Intimacy is built by spending regular time together, even with busy schedules and children, limiting distractions, and making it a priority.