Relationships can be a vital part of life. They can be romantic, platonic, familial, or work related. They can be short-term like a summer fling, or long-term like a marriage. Some are based on mutual respect, trust, and common values; others are based on passion or physical attraction. Relationships can be either healthy or unhealthy. People who are in positive relationships feel supported, encouraged, and motivated to succeed. In fact, they may even feel like they can take more risks and pursue their dreams because they know they have someone to cheer them on if things don’t go exactly as planned.
In a healthy relationship, the partners are able to communicate openly and honestly without being afraid of (respectful) disagreement. They also share common goals and priorities, but still have their own unique identities, beliefs, and habits that are important to them. They know they can count on their significant other to be there for them, but they also realize that they need to be able to rely on themselves in the case of an emergency or when one of them needs time away from the relationship.
Lastly, they have regular affectionate touch, including hugs and kisses. This helps to boost levels of oxytocin, a hormone that can help with bonding. They may have other methods of intimacy, as well, such as cuddling or watching a movie together. In a balanced relationship, they give and receive equal amounts of love, energy, and support.