Healthy relationships are a vital component of overall health. We humans are social animals and as such, we have an innate need to be involved with other people. Strong family ties and friendships can increase our sense of security and self-esteem and provide a psychological buffer against stress, anxiety, and depression.
Our larger social networks can also provide a sense of connection where people can share their concerns and support others. We cover these broader social connections in the Community section.
The concept of relationships is broad and varies from person to person. In our model, the relationships dimension refers to close personal relationships. For most people, that involves an emotional connection and support.