It’s natural for people to want to share their life with others and build relationships in different areas of their life. Whether these relationships are on an intimate, friendship or family level, each and every one is important for building a better life and compassionate outlook. Positive relationships are good for the soul, and they provide tons of benefits for you and those around you. Some of the most obvious advantages of building healthier relationships come in the form of trusting one another, respecting others and making time for the people who matter most but there are also plenty of other significant benefits too including:
Encourages healthy habits
You are most influenced by the people around you, so building better relationships will help you get the most of the good aspects and healthier habits for the long term. You’re likely to follow in the footsteps of someone who is a good role model, and this can be for healthy eating habits, supporting change and reducing things that negatively impact your life.
When people that support and comfort you surround you, you are less likely to be affected greatly by everyday stresses. Also, for people that are in a committed relationship, studies suggest that you release less of the hormone that contributes to stress. Working together and building up resilience to trivial stresses can help you sustain a happier lifestyle and enjoy support others around you.
When you have a good network surrounding you, you are more likely you be able to tackle problems calmly and rationally. This support network can provide a place to bounce ideas off each other and come up with solutions to small or larger issues. It can also be a fun space too, as challenging yourself to work together in a relationship building exercise such as the Memphis Escape Room will get everyone working together in a fun and exciting way.
Helps you to heal
Both in the physical and emotional sense, having healthy and supportive relationships with you can help you to heal faster. Research has shown that people who have others supporting them after operations and times of illnesses are more likely to recover faster for those that don’t have a support network. In emotional cases, having a significant other to talk through your problems and help you through bad times will help to see things in a different light which aids recovery times.
Contributes to a longer life
Having better relationships over the course of our life is said to lead to a longer and happier lifestyle in the long run. Healthy relationships help to keep blood pressure down and support your coping strategies towards stress. Having people around you also gives you a greater sense of purpose and although it might not seem apparent, a feeling that you are a more prominent part of people lives. This sense of self-worth and purpose in life is said to add years to your life too.
Author’s bio: Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organizations. Email: maggiehamm