Strong, healthy adult relationships are defined by mutual respect, trust, and honesty. In addition, they also support you and have your back when needed. If you work to build strong adult relationships, they’ll make your life so much better in all the following ways.
You’ll Experience Less Stress
When you have a person, you can call on to vent your life is automatically much better. This is especially true if your relationship is open enough that your friend won’t let you wallow in your anger for long. Instead, they’ll help pull out of the stress and focus on the good in your life.
You’ll Live Longer
Studies show that people who have strong adult relationships live longer lives than those who are isolated. People need to be connected to other people. That doesn’t mean you have to be friends with everyone, but you can focus on building the relationships you choose into strong ones.
You’ll Get Well Faster
Because you have friends and family that care about you, your immune system will fight off colds and illness faster. Plus, you can likely get help from those strong adult relationships when you need it too. If you have a couple of people in your life that you can call on you can avoid being burned out.
You Will Engage in Healthier Behaviors
Your good friends and family members that you have solid relationships with will not let you do things that are unhealthy regularly. Sure, you may enjoy a nice evening out with drinks, ribs, and cake but you will also get each other to the gym to combat the damage. Likewise, your good friends will not lie to you about your own behavior even toward your spouse if it’s wrong.
You’ll Feel a Greater Sense of Purpose
When you are connected to society, you will feel a more profound sense of purpose in your life. You will feel relevant to the lives of those that you are close to. That will help prevent loneliness and other problems later. Even an introvert can benefit from strong relationships with others.
Forging healthy relationships as an adult can be harder than it is for younger people who aren’t yet tied down with jobs and responsibilities. However, if you make it a priority to focus on a handful of adult relationships that make you feel good, you will experience all these benefits and more.