What comes to mind when you hear the word relationship? Why do we form relationships? What good are relationships? Can we live without forming relationships?
Some say it is a mean through which people are connected, or how two or more are related. A relationship is more or less, a bond between two or more. No matter how brief or long it lasts. What forms this connection, or what is the factor that relates these two or more for them to be in a relationship?
We can categorize relationships based on blood relations, relationships resulting from exchange and provision of needs, goods, services or responsibilities, and relationships arising from shared values and beliefs. There are relationships where you have the dopamine or oxytocin feel-good effects and where you feel you belong. In some relationships, you may not experience this and this doesn't make it any less than what is. Others just require commitment. There are depths to relationships based on how strong the relationship has grown and evolved. The more you identify the types of relationships you are in and with whom, the more you become inclined to what is required of you in that relationship and what you ought, and ought not to do. There are some, we gladly acknowledge. Others seem non-existent as the relationship hasn’t been nurtured or we choose not to.
Relationships entail communication, sharing of information, exchange and provision of needs- emotional, financial etc., shared values and beliefs. If you share this with someone or a group of people, or whichever being, try identifying the type of relationship it is and nurture it. You are probably in a lot more relationships than you think. If so, where are these people you are in relationships with aside those you are familiar with? They are those in your society. You don’t have the same type of relationship with everyone, and not at the same time. Some you recognise as relationships others you don’t; some you have had, others you have and those you are yet to have. From your relatives at home, your neighbours, classmates, employer, colleagues etc.
In earlier civilizations, individuals had higher chances of survival if they lived together in groups, as they protected and fed each other. Relationships are good since our basic needs are satisfied through them which contributes to our motivation to become self-actualized. Relationships are good for your health, as the more fruitful relationships you have, the more fulfilling your life is. The benefits last after they are no more.
Relationships can also grow unhealthy and have negative effects on your health. Ensure you are all doing your best to motivate and help each in all your endeavours, to be self-actualised, and be the best human resource your country needs. Do not over-exploit those you are in relationships with or cross boundaries you are not supposed to cross with them.
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