Relationships take many forms

relationshipsRelationships take many forms. There are intimate partners, casual acquaintances, coworkers, friends, collegues, peers, family, and people we encounter every day. What makes us choose who we choose to have a relationship? Why did we choose that one person out of all of our coworkers years ago to maintain a friendship with? How did we end up dating our current partner? How and why do we choose our friends? What are the determining factors for if we like someone or we can’t stand to be around them? These are all interesting questions. The truth is, our lives are defined largely by our relationships. At the end of life when people reflect back, it is always the relationships they’ve had that either bring a sense of fulfillment or a feeling of despair. It is, in most people’s opinion, the most important thing in life.

As humans, we are social creatures, we need interaction with others to feel happy. We gain joy from relationships. Sometimes we experience pain from our relationships. Either way, life would be boring without them. And as with anything that is important in life, there is much potential for things to go wrong in this arena.

In this section, the focus will be mainly on relationships that do not fall into one of the other categories. Articles you can expect to find here over time, include subjects such as coworkers, friendships, dealing with neighbors, other parents in your kids’ school or on a sports team, etc. It is a catch-all place to find information that helps us on this journey through life so when we look back at how we’ve handled our interactions with others and the relationships we’ve experienced, we feel a sense of fulfillment and not one of despair.

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