Relationships make up a huge and vital part of our lives. Whether they are positive or negative, they contribute to our mental and physical well-being. In fact, studies have shown that healthy relationships can add years to our lifespan.
There are many different types of relationships: family, friends, acquaintances and romantic ones. Each of these has its own set of challenges and perks. Some of them may even overlap and coincide with one another.
A good relationship is the kind where both partners support each other and respect each other’s independence. They have fun together and aren’t afraid to go on adventures. They also know when to talk about tough issues. They don’t hide or be a victim of their feelings, and they show each other affection in appropriate ways.
It’s also a relationship where each person has a soft place to fall if they fail, and they support each other through health crises. This kind of mutual support reduces anxiety for people who are prone to it.
A bad relationship is the kind where either partner puts their own interests above those of the other, or where each person feels suffocated. They don’t take turns cleaning the toilet, taking care of kids or making gourmet lasagna for awkward family gatherings. The partner also makes a lot of money, but they don’t work together or share any goals. They may even be controlling in their behavior.