Humans are an intrinsically social species.
This means our happiness and success largely depend on the relationships we build with others.
When building relationships on a day-to-day basis, we really only have two distinct choices we can make:
1. We can choose to build positive, meaningful, healthy, and productive relationships with the people we interact with.
2. Or we can choose to build negative, empty, toxic, and destructive relationships with the people we interact with.
Knowing how to maximize the positive relationships and minimize the negative relationships is key to living a happy and satisfying life.
Positive relationships encourage personal growth.
One benefit to positive relationships is that you encourage each other to grow and flourish. Friends like seeing friends succeed and achieve their goals. And most of the time, good friends are willing to help you in anyway they can if it means seeing their buddy be happy and successful.
Positive relationships give you support during tough times.
Another huge benefit to positive relationships is that they provide support during tough times. We all have our bad moments, whether it be health-related, money-related, or something else. Thankfully, having a supportive social circle is one of the best ways to stay strong, persist forward, and get a little bit of help when we need it.
Positive relationships enable you to collaborate and work together.
The more we get along with someone, the better we are at collaborating and working together. Human relationships thrive when individuals can combine their skills and talents, and successfully create something greater than the sum of their parts. This is the stuff that makes businesses and other social institutions work.
Positive relationships create feelings of pleasure and joy.
One of the more obvious benefits of positive relationships is that they make life more enjoyable. Good friends, family, and co-workers make life an overall more pleasant experience – we enjoy spending time with these people and we often share positive moments with them on a frequent basis. They provide that extra flavor to life that we can’t find by ourselves.
Positive relationships add more meaning to our life.
Having positive relationships in our life increases our sense of purpose and meaning. When we have a real, positive effect on someone else, we feel like we are making a significant difference in the world – and we are.
Positive relationships enrich our life story. They fulfill our need to belong in a community and they give us a stronger sense of identity. Without this sense of belonging, we can often feel isolated and disconnected with ourselves. But once we find our place in society, we become more comfortable in our own skin.
Positive relationships live on through other positive relationships.
The relationships we build have a much broader influence than just ourselves and our immediate social circle. They also influence people who we may never know exist. When you create a positive connection with someone else, that person is more motivated to make positive connections with other people. Our actions and relationships, therefore, are part of a much larger chain of events that are what influence society as a whole.
One of my favorite studies illustrates this phenomenon well: when we do acts of kindness, others are more likely to repeat that act of kindness toward another person. In many other ways, the relationships we build can influence how others build relationships in the future.
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