What is the use of interpersonal relationships?

4 min read

The true essence of life cannot be found in the absence of interpersonal relationships; these, however, go a long way to shape our social, emotional and mental well-being. For instance, the phrase ‘interpersonal relationships’ refers to how we are connected with people personally or professionally (Hendrick & Hendrick 55). They range from superficial acquaintances to deep friendships or even romantic relationships that endure across time. There are different aspects where interpersonal relationships can be seen.

Below are some ways that show how we benefit from interpersonal relationships:

Emotional Support

Interpersonal relationships offer us emotional support that is very important for our mental well-being. It can make a big difference having someone to talk when one is going through a tough time or in a difficult situation. During such times friends, family members or any other person close to us can offer us moral and emotional support as needed.

Social support

Social support is one thing which interpersonal relationships provide us with for social well-being purposes. This means help and guidance we get from others like practical assistance. Helping us in simple everyday chores such as cooking, cleaning among others is how relatives together with friends contribute effectively towards bestowing on individuals this kind of support.

Personal growth

Interactions with personal relations promote individual development and self-improvement (Hendrick & Hendrick 59). This way, individuals may learn new things from their interactions with other people, appreciate new viewpoints and develop new skills too. Associating ourselves with different friends or colleagues would expose us diverse ways of perceptioning life hence extending our intellectual capacity.

Better communication skills

Communication skills also improves by interacting through interpersonal relations. Through interaction we develop good speech capabilities in terms of expressing ourselves clearly as well as listening to what others say about something thus making it possible for one to understand diverse views about given contents between talking parties (Hendrick & Hendrick 60). Communicating effectively helps build strong bonds and conflict resolution.

Career Advancement

Your professional life can also be influenced by your interpersonal relationships. One would require to build strong relationships with colleagues, mentors or other industry stakeholders in order to get ahead in their career (Hendrick & Hendrick 63). This is because having contacts can help us nurture a career, get jobs as well as other employment opportunities and growth.

Improved mental health

Interpersonal relationships are very important for our minds. It has been proven that social support and connection have positive effects on people’s mental well-being while loneliness and isolation cause negative ones (Hendrick & Hendrick 65). For example, they said the state of our mood improves when we develop reliable connections with other people as stress levels reduce.

Improved physical health

Our physical health also benefits from good relationships (Hendrick & Hendrick 67). These studies show that individuals who are socially connected have lower risks of long-term diseases like diabetes, heart disease and they live a healthier lifestyle. Another thing is that interpersonal communication encourages physical activities such as healthy eating and exercises.

Sense of belonging

In this sense, we can also say that interpersonal relationships give us something called belongingness. Once we find ourselves attached to others, it brings about some form of community existence in addition to being able to pursue some purpose in life. In this case, an individual becomes closer with the actual world around him/her thus feels more fulfilled and motivated.

Conflict resolution

We can as well be entertained and make merry through our interpersonal relations. Being in the company of friends, relatives or lovers instigates happiness and joy. The sharing of experiences or activities contributes to lifelong memories that build our relationships.

Interpersonal relationships are indispensable in our lives, both personal and at work. They give emotional support, enhance social bonds, foster personal growth and development and facilitate effective communication among people.

You May Also Like

More From Author

+ There are no comments

Add yours