Why Relationships Matter: The Benefits of Connecting with Others

Andrew Foster
9 min readMay 19

I decided to write this because more and more, relationships seem to matter less and less. Women have a growing disdain for men, and for men, the feeling starting to be mutual. This concerns me. Not just in romantic relationships, but all sorts of relationships, friendly, family and ‘on the job’ relationships.

In life, we often hear the phrase “no man is an island.” It is a reminder that humans need connection with others to thrive. But why do relationships matter so much? What benefits do they bring? In this article, we’ll dive into the science behind social bonds and explore the different types of relationships and their benefits. We’ll also discuss how to build strong and healthy relationships and overcome challenges that may arise. So, let’s get started!

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The Importance of Human Connection

Throughout history, humans have relied on each other for survival. From hunting and gathering to building communities, every aspect of our lives has been shaped by our need for social connection. It is a fundamental part of our biology, as studies have shown that social interaction triggers the release of feel-good hormones like oxytocin and dopamine, which promote happiness and well-being.

However, in today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world, it can be easy to overlook the importance of human connection. With social media and online communication, we may feel like we are connected to others, but these interactions lack the depth and intimacy of face-to-face interactions. It’s funny how, ‘Social Media’ is a misnomer; it’s making us less social.

The Science Behind Social Bonds

The reason why social bonds feel so good is because they are linked to our evolutionary biology. Humans are wired to form close relationships with others, whether it’s with family, friends, romantic partners, or colleagues. The development of social connections triggers the release of oxytocin, the “love hormone,” which promotes social bonding and trust. Dopamine, on the other hand, is associated with feelings of pleasure and reward, which we experience…

Andrew Foster

A student of love, relationships and self help who likes to write about and teach what I’ve learned along the way