What does it mean having a relationship after all?
Dictionaries give us a simple and fade explanation – a connection or association between people, either by blood or marriage or because of an emotional involvement that exists. The truth is that we do not need to open a dictionary to be able to talk about the meaning of something that is an important part of our daily life, as a vital component of health and wellbeing. There is compelling evidence that strong relationships contribute to a long and happy life. Conversely, the health risks from being alone or isolated are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure and obesity. So there often appears the question – Why do we need relationships?
Firstly, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of relationships – the ability of all people to live together peacefully in the same world. So there appears a need for communication, for the ability to empathize and understanding the one next to us.
In one word, we have to invest time in our relationships and become aware that the best are those which are rooted in friendship, and a strong friendship is not something that can be built over night.
So once again: “Why do we need relationships?” Because we simply do… There is something restorative in the feeling of knowing that there is a person that we can call even at 3 A.M. and that person will not resent us. Moreover, he or she would appreciate that we considered him/her worthy of our trust and we regale them confidently with our troubles or triumphs.
We need relationships because they make us feel we belong somewhere, and there are people that we are connected at the heart with, and doesn’t matter what you do or where you are, there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together, either we talk about a romantic relationship or a friendship.