How to Stay Healthy and Maintain Relationships with Others by Pankaj Kumar Kumar A study has shown that when people maintain healthy relationships with their peers, they have a lower incidence of loneliness and depression.
The research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, was conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol and the Centre for the Prevention of Social Distress (CPSS), and was published online on March 12.
The authors looked at the relationships between 12 healthy adult participants and their peers in Bristol, England.
The participants were asked to keep a journal in which they would describe the most meaningful experience they had with a friend or relative, with the results summarised on a scale of 1 to 10.
The findings show that healthy relationships have a positive effect on the overall well-being of the individuals involved, which can be demonstrated by the reduced risk of depression and loneliness.
The researchers suggest that healthy interpersonal relationships may have a number of benefits beyond being an effective way to keep friends and family happy.
For example, these relationships can help the individuals to:Develop a sense of belongingCommunity bonding can lead to healthier relationshipsSocial isolation can be reducedCommunity engagement can be improvedCommunity belonging can be strengthenedCommunity cohesion can be enhancedCommunity belonging and community cohesion are key pillars of any healthy relationship, the researchers say.
In a second study, the same researchers found that individuals who maintain healthy interpersonal connections had higher levels of physical health and wellbeing than those who were socially isolated.
In the third study, researchers looked at how individuals’ ability to maintain healthy friendships with their closest friends may be related to their ability to keep healthy relationships and relationships with other people.
The study found that a lack of social and physical closeness is linked to a lower level of health and psychological wellbeing.
The results of these three studies indicate that a healthy relationship is important not only for maintaining friendships but also for maintaining healthy relationships across the lifespan.
The implications of these findings are profound, as the researchers conclude that a healthier relationship with your friends can help to protect against health problems, including mental health problems.