Relationships And Health

Relationships And Health

Relationships and health are interconnected. Having a good relationship, not just with your partner but in a larger social setting is important as living in isolation can actually be detrimental to your health. It has been seen that social connections and better relationships affect long term health. This includes physical and mental well-being. Innumerable studies have shown that people having satisfying relationships with family and friends tend to live longer, have fewer health ailments and are happier in their life.

However, it has been seen that lack of social relationships or people with poor interpersonal relationships, tend to have lower self-confidence, depression and increased mortality at a comparatively younger age.

Physical effects
It has been seen that behavioral and biological factors are affected by connecting with people. It helps to relive the levels of stress that otherwise affects proper regulation of insulation, gut functioning, immune system and the coronary arteries. Caring behavior triggers the emission of stress reducing hormones which brings about a sense of well-being.
Emotional effects
From expression of affection to social support, everything brings about a sense of positivity. It has been seen from various studies that harmonious interpersonal relations and social support extends to the giver and the receiver.  That is why it is important to have a circle of friends and good personal relationships. Various other studies have shown that negative interactions with family have led to poor health, depression and other mental disorders. While healthy relationships help to strengthen mental balance, happiness and reduces stress.
Effect of happy relationships
Healthy relationships enable you to be who you are as it nurtures and helps you and the partners grow. People in highly satisfied marriages or cohabiting together on a long term basis had lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.

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