Relationships play an important role in most people’s lives. There are many different kinds of relationships and the success or failure of a relationship can have serious implications for your happiness and wellbeing. Examples of important relationships include relationships with partners, husbands or wives, relationships with friends, relationships with family relationships and relationships with work colleagues.
Relationships can make or break people. There is no better feeling in the world than spending time and forming a strong relationship with somebody that you are very fond of. However, not all relationships have a happy ending and many people suffer stress and distress as a result of their relationship with their partner. Relationship experts have different approaches when it comes to giving advice but the general consensus seems to be that successful relationships depend on trust, common moral and family values, common interests and a mutual desire to be together.
The nature of relationships between couples has changed in recent years. Women have become more equal and a large proportion of women now have a full-time job, divorce has become more widely accepted and fewer couples are getting married, choosing instead to cohabit.
Relationships are often challenging. Not many people have a relationship that doesn’t have its downs as well as its ups but this does not mean that a relationship does not work. Relationship experts offer the following advice to keep your relationship on track:
make time for each other
- be honest and open; if there is a problem, tackle it head-on but take care to be sensitive and tactful
- spend time together doing things that you enjoy
- give each other space
- try not to hold grudges
- talk to each other; if you have worries or concerns do not expect your partner to read your mind, talk to them instead and this may help you to resolve the issue
- be spontaneous
Family life is really important but it can be difficult to spend quality time together as people’s lifestyles demand that they spend long hours working and this can limit the time available for family bonding. Studies show that children who grow up in a stable, happy family environment are more likely to be successful in the future and enjoy happy stable relationships with their partners. Try to make time for your family; if you have been working more than usual, take time off and devote your time to your partner and your children; get involved in fun activities, go away or simply spend time together at home.
Relationships at work
Your relationships at work can make the difference between whether you enjoy work or you dread the thought of the start of the new working week. If you get on with the people around you, you are more likely to enjoy your work and this may improve your performance at work. If you do not get on with the people around you or you feel that your efforts are not recognised, this can affect the way you feel at work and it may also have a negative impact on your self-esteem. If you are having problems with colleagues at work, try to talk to the appropriate people and resolve the problem; if you leave it, it will probably get worse.