Relationships are a key component of happiness. They help you connect with others, build self-esteem and create a sense of belonging.
There are many different types of relationships, from casual acquaintances to romantic partnerships. Knowing what each one is and how to keep them healthy can make a big difference in your life.
Some relationships are just casual “acquaintances” where you meet people by chance and spend time with them based on shared interests or similar schedules. These are important to your social well-being but may not be as close as friendships or romantic relationships.
Friendships are a special type of relationship that develops between two or more people who share mutual experiences, feelings of warmth and affection, and an emotional bond. The best friendships are characterized by a strong bond and a willingness to listen and support each other in times of need.
A romantic relationship is a very special kind of relationship where you are committed to each other for the long term. It may take years to find the right person, but once you do it can be a life-long journey of love and affection.
In a healthy romantic relationship you should have regular communication, openly share your thoughts, emotions and feelings. You should also be able to trust that your partner will not break your heart or abuse you emotionally.
If you’re in a romantic relationship that doesn’t tick all these boxes, or your partner is not worth your time, it may be time to end it. Getting out of an unhealthy relationship will allow you to focus on the relationships that do work for you.