The relationships we have with others help to shape our lives. We choose to have relationships with some people - like friends and romantic partners - and others simply happen - such as family members or work colleagues. Different relationships meet different needs, and fulfill us in different ways at different times of our lives. The most positive relationships are those where we feel supported, energised, uplifted and cared for. 

We are all deserving of love, but the relationship we have with ourselves is just as important as the relationship we have with others. In fact, showing ourselves care and understanding can help us create better relationships with others. 

Answer the questions below to help you think about the quality of your relationships.

Conversation 1: Live

  1. Are there people you can trust in your life, and ask for help when you need?
  2. Do you often feel lonely?
  3. Who can you start a conversation with today and what can you ask them about themselves?

We'll add to these questions with more when we start our next conversation all about belonging in your community, from October 2021.

Top tip

Connecting with other people can help us feel happier. Even something as simple as saying ‘good morning’ to a neighbour, or helping a stranger, is a moment that helps us feel part of a community. These connections give us a sense of belonging.

Top tip

If a relationship makes you unhappy, even if you don’t want to let go of it, you might want to think about how much of your energy you give to it. You can’t change other people, but you can move your focus away from them. Spend less time on relationships that leave you flat and deflated and you'll have more space and energy to give to relationships that are uplifting.

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