The Benefits of Healthy Relationships

Olivia Saeli, Sports Editor

Based on the experiences of the majority, navigating life alone is a difficult task. Having to face its many challenges without the support of others is next to impossible. With at least a handful of caring people you can count on to lift you up during tough times, you’ll find that anything you have to endure might be just a little bit easier. Additionally, healthy relationships bring several health benefits that make living more worthwhile.

For starters, healthy relationships promote lower stress levels, according to Northwestern Medicine. Being in committed relationships produces less cortisol, a stress hormone. Additionally, knowing you have someone in your corner who can provide advice and support is a stress reliever in itself. 

Healthy relationships also contribute to healthy behaviors. Having someone who can serve as an example or encourage you to practice better habits will most likely push you to take action. Sometimes it’s difficult to effect change in your lifestyle based on your will and determination alone, but with the support of someone else, these actions may be carried out with a significant amount of ease.

Lastly, healthy relationships are proven to extend lifespans. Relationships with friends, partners, therapists or family members can alleviate mental health pressures and inspire a sense of purpose, making life more meaningful. So many potentially life-threatening problems source from our own minds, but with the help of others, finding a support system and a way to heal can be within reach, and it’s important to extend a hand whenever possible.

With Valentine’s Day being this month’s signature holiday, you should be reminded of the importance of healthy relationships, even those outside of the romantic realm. It’s just as important to acknowledge friends, family, teachers, and anyone else who is a positive influence in your life, because by simply being there for you they can have and incredible, positive impact. It’s also important to acknowledge that relationships aren’t just about what you can receive, but what you can give. Providing support to others who are struggling is of utmost importance, and treating them the way you’d expect to be treated will promote strength in health within your own relationships. 

The next time you feel like giving up, remember that those closest to you have the ability to make you feel better about yourself, along with a plethora of health benefits. You can return the favor by being equally as kind to them, too.