Love and Relationships: Loving Well Is Essential for Living Well

Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig

Love and happiness are closely intertwined.

The most fundamental finding from studies on the psychology of happiness is that being with other people makes people happy. Studies have shown that satisfying relationships can boost your health and wellness as well as your happiness and life satisfaction.

Being with other people makes people happy. Having more meaningful relationships can help you live to a more fulfilling life. Credit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/enricjuve/2437680033/

 

Healthy relationships can nourish your life like nothing else. All of life’s most important enhancements are related to relationships. Think about how happy people are when they fall in love, build committed relationships or get married. Satisfying friendships and loving family relationships can also boost happiness.

In contrast, troubled relationships can lead to a lot of stress and unhappiness. Loss of connection with loved ones is the biggest cause of misery for most people. Think about how sad people are when they have to deal with a breakup, divorce or death of a loved one.

Loving Well Is Essential for Living Well

People who have loving or emotionally-bonded relationships with others tend to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Satisfying friendships, romantic or family relationships can boost your happiness, health and wellness.

How do you live a life well loved? Loving well involves consistently practicing and developing your skills for nurturing deeply satisfying relationships.

Having healthy self-love is an important factor in loving well and living well. When you can love and accept yourself just as you are, you have greater ability to relate to others and find fulfillment in your relationships.

By learning to nurture and love yourself, you can improve your ability to nurture your relationships and love more deeply. In turn, loving well and having more meaningful relationships can help you live to a more fulfilling life.

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