Healthy Habits Series: Healthy Relationships Support Health and Wellness

The tips in the Heathy Habits series also includes a bit of advice on relationships. You might ask, just how do relationships contribute to our overall health if at all? The fact is they have proven to have a very significant effect on our overall health in all stages of life. This has been proven in study after study. Those who have healthy, supporting relationships have a higher quality of life and have a higher rate of recovery than individuals who have not cultivated relations in their life that are built upon values, like trust, honesty, and caring intentions.

In recognition of this proven link the World Health Organization defines health as "a state of complete mental, physical and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmary." (World Health Organization, 2001) Our social support/relationships play a significant role in our health and our ability to recover from debilitating diseases. Therefore having healthy partnerships and friendships with supportive and kind people can do much to improve not just life in general but your health as well.

Having good relationships is really about learning how to give and be the friend you would like to have. If you can treat people the way that you yourself would want to be treated then odds are that you will probably develop that relationship into a good one. However, most of us are not that fair minded. Instead, we tend to see things only from our point of view and this not only causes us stress but also erodes our relations with others.

Make it a point to build a network of solid family and non-family intrests. You can do this by making it a point to be friendly to everyone you meet and treat each person with kindness. You may think that this is all about other people but in fact these very activities help you just as much as them. Therefore doing a kindness for someone benefits not only the other person but you as well.

One thing that has gone out of fashion in the modern world is the simple thank you card. If you have ever received one of these from someone then you know how they can really make your day. One easy way to improve your interactions with people is to simply send them a simple thank you card when they do something that makes you feel good. For this healthy tip, the realtionship advice is clearly to enhance your personal relations and create a wider circle of friends and acquaintances built on values that are supportive to all parties.