As you look back on your life, what were the happiest moments? Probably, the best moments of your life were connected with people, right? People in close relationships have less health problems and tend to live longer compared to people with smaller social networks. People, who care for others, are happier than selfish people, who care only about their own happiness.
#1. Close and deep relationships always add meaning and purpose to life.
When you feel responsible for others, you have no time or desire to feel sorry for yourself.
#2. Relationships help you see the world more objectively.
The better we understand the people around us, the more objectively we look at the world. We begin to realize that our own prejudices and stereotypes have a negative effect on our relationships.
#3. Relationships test our beliefs.
You are experiencing cognitive dissonance when someone you respect and love doesn’t agree with your opinion: you want to find a solution that satisfies both of you. For that you have to look at your own judgements more objectively.
#4. Relationships can display our psychological defenses.
If you’re not used to being honest with yourself, you can’t be honest with others.
#5. Close relationships help us to avoid self-destructive behaviours.
Usually people behave more cautiously, if they think about their parents, wives, husbands and children.
#6. Relationships can make life more exciting and fun.
Being lonely is hard, you agree? But if you have good friends, you can enjoy your life and have fun almost every day. What is there not to like?
#7. Relationships help us feel psychologically safe.
We are born to live in smaller communities and belonging to them gives us a sense of security.
#8. Being in close relationships helps increase levels of dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the human brain.
As a result, people in deep relationships have good health and strong immune system.
All we need is love, right?! Emotions, trust and tenderness are also skills that can be improved by practice.
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