Why It’s Important to Take Care of Your Relationship
The security of a healthy relationship bond has significant benefits at every stage of life. Positive relationships can be a healthy way to meet some of our primal needs: to feel safe, recognized and responded to. Close relationships provide the love, comfort and support we need to help us manage the inevitable stresses of our lives. This social support is especially important in challenging times and impacts our physical, emotional, family and community health in myriad ways.
Contemporary problems such as overworking, overspending, overeating, overthinking, competing or people-pleasing, express a search for stimulation or relief in ways that not only do not meet true needs, but can, especially in excess, be harmful.
The following links will take you to interesting articles that support the value of healthy relationships:
“What Makes Us Happy?”
The Atlantic, June 2009
“What Are Friends For? A Longer Life”
New York Times, April 21, 2009
“Your Nest Is Empty? Enjoy Each Other”
New York Times, January 20, 2009
Click here to read excerpts from Dr. Sue Johnson’s book Hold Me Tight.
Susan Johnson on the life-and-death urgency of attachment.