Most of us have relationships in our lives: friends, family, the people we work with. There is, however, a big difference between casual connections and deep relationships. Deep relationships actually have positive health benefits, and there are things we can do to actively nurture these relationships.
Research shows that having meaningful relationships can have a positive impact on our health, even at the most basic of levels, our DNA. Specifically, there are segments of DNA at the end of our chromosomes that play a crucial role in the aging of the cells in our bodies. When these segments are exposed to stress it increases the rate cells divide and age. Since stress can occur through our relationships and who we spend time with, it’s important for our physical health that we find ways to strengthen them.
There are several ways we can improve and build resiliency into our relationships. The first is to be present when good things happen to others and to celebrate those victories. On the other hand, not being open or happy for these celebrations can actually damage those relationships and connections.
The second thing we can do is stay hopeful when negative things do happen in our relationships. For example, if our partner decides to break up with us. Of course, this would be a stressful time for anybody, but you can stay strong by:
- Establishing goals.
- Knowing you have power and control in your life.
- Identify how to reach your goals.
Next, remember to use active listening skills when talking to others. Many people listen as a way to know when they can get their own two-cents in. Instead, be present with the conversation versus anticipating an opportunity to speak.
Finally, try to have empathy for other people. Empathy helps us to create stronger connections with others because it helps us to be interested in other people’s lives and also allows us to more readily forgive.
Interested in learning more how to strengthen your relationships? You can read the article here: “How to Make Your Relationships More Resilient.”
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