Relationships are a part of our daily lives. Whether we are dating, living together, or married, we all have relationships with people in our lives. Relationships can be healthy and fulfilling, or they can be unhealthy and destructive.
Some people are in casual “acquaintance” relationships that involve people they see often, but don’t know well. These people might chat about surface-level topics, or even pass each other in the halls at school and say, “Hello.” Relationships can also be romantic, involving two people who are deeply in love with one another. In a romantic relationship, the partners put each other’s needs above their own and are willing to do what it takes to keep the relationship strong.
The benefits of being in a relationship are many. When you are in a relationship with someone, they support you through life’s ups and downs. When you have someone cheering you on, you are more confident to take risks and chase after your dreams.
In a healthy relationship, both people give and receive equal amounts of affection, energy, and love. This may look different for each person, depending on their own needs and desires. However, it is important that each person feels valued, respected, and that they are getting their needs met.
A common mistake is trying to “race ahead” of others in their relationship or “catch up.” If you try to move too fast, you could end up crashing. Take your time and build a stable, loving relationship at your own pace.