Seriously in relationship and friendship in dating 2016
Relationships include the intimate relationships we have with our respective partners, those we form with our parents, siblings and grandparents, and those we form socially with our friends, work colleagues, teachers, healthcare professionals and community.
Extensive evidence shows that having good-quality relationships can help us to live longer and happier lives with fewer mental health problems.
How we interact and form relationships has changed considerably over the past decade.
Research shows that people in unhappy or negative relationships have significantly worse outcomes than those who are isolated or have no relationships.
While 86.7% of people report that they had someone to rely on in times of stress, such as a family member, spouse or friend, we are becoming a society that feels lonelier than we ever have before.
It is the quality of our relationships that matters.
In seeking to combat loneliness and isolation we need to be aware that poor-quality relationships can be toxic and worse for our mental health than being alone.