Relationships Boost Our Self-Esteem

Relationships are the ongoing patterns of interactions and behaviors between people that form a bond, either romantic, familial, platonic, or professional. Strong relationships are characterized by a number of qualities such as mutual respect, open communication, and trust.

When we are in healthy relationships, it gives us a sense of stability and well-being. These positive relationships provide emotional support when we need it and can even boost our self-esteem!

We tend to think of the term “relationship” as a romantic one, but it is so much more than that. The connections we have with friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, and others are all forms of relationships, and all contribute to our happiness and satisfaction.

Some of these relationships are casual “acquaintances”—people you might pass in the halls or talk to at work based on shared interests or a common schedule. These relationships help you feel connected to the world around you, but they aren’t as deep as a relationship with someone who lights up a fire inside of you and makes those butterflies flutter in your stomach. A love like that requires commitment and a desire to keep the flame alive. This is what differentiates a romantic relationship from a friendship. Stronger friendships are also characterized by a natural reciprocity—a give and take that provides mutually beneficial support. It’s important to understand your and your partner’s non-verbal cues to be able to read how they’re feeling and respond accordingly. In this way, you can communicate effectively and demonstrate your care in a variety of ways, including giving each other affection such as hugs or forehead kisses.