Self-esteem to growth: Know the benefits of being in a long-term relationship

The fruits of lifelong partnership can yield rich rewards. Check out the benefits of a long-term relationship.
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A happy couple in a long term relationship. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 21 Nov 2023, 03:51 pm IST
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Lasting relationships are all about maturity of commitment to facing each phase of life alongside each other. With time, the focus shifts from “yours” and “mine” to “ours”. With consistent care, affection and communication, partners reinforce the foundations on which healthy relationships are built over a lifetime. Here are some benefits of being in long-term relationship.

What is a long-term relationship?

Long-term relationships are those centered on mindful dedication to weathering life’s nonlinear journey together, prioritising enduring growth of the relationship above all. Partners make the active decision to nurture the evolving relationship across the decades, celebrating milestones and overcoming adversity in equal measure, says psychotherapist, life and business coach Dr Chandni Tugnait.

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Being in a long-term relationship has benefits. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

What are the benefits of a long-term relationship?

If you are wondering what is good about a long-term relationship, we can help you by listing some of its benefits.

1. Stability

The emotional and financial stability of a committed relationship provides a secure base that reduces anxiety about the future when you have a trusted companion to share your life’s responsibilities with.

2. Intimacy

The profound sense of being fully known, accepted and cared for by your partner meets our fundamental human need for closeness and belonging. This intimacy provides comfort, says the expert.

3. Support

During difficult times like grief, job loss or illness, your life partner is there to listen, comfort and share the burden. Having someone to lean on reduces stress and boosts resilience.

4. Self-esteem

Being loved unconditionally boosts confidence and self-worth since your value is reinforced. The acceptance bolsters your self-image.

5. Accountability

Partners motivate one another towards self-improvement goals like health, career and personal growth. They provide positive accountability.

6. Purpose

Building a shared life gives a sense of meaning and legacy that transcends the individual.

7. Learning

Navigating conflict and complex dynamics together fosters emotional intelligence as you practice communication and empathy.

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8. Health

The social support and regulation of lifestyle factors in relationships enhance physical health. Companionship and a shared sense of love and care contribute to a positive ageing process, which has a long-term impact on mental well-being, says Dr Tugnait.

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Both you and your partner can learn and grow together. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

9. Balance

During ups and downs, your partner grounds you and provides an outside perspective on your thoughts and emotions to enhance judgement and wisdom. A loving partner provides perspective during personal challenges.

10. Growth

If you are in a long-term relationship, it can help you with personal growth. Being with a person who loves you for who you are makes you feel safe to explore new things about yourself. You get the courage to explore new things. You and your partner can together learn and grow in different ways.

The key to a healthy, lasting relationship is cultivating true partnership rooted in mutual trust, respect and intimacy, says Dr Tugnait. Approach each day with gratitude for your lover’s presence rather than taking it for granted. Make the relationship a priority, so invest energy through –

• Quality time
• Active listening
• Reciprocating kindness
• Participating in shared activities that nurture friendship

Communicate openly, even when difficult, to resolve any conflict. Support each other’s personal growth and space while upholding healthy boundaries. Compromise when needed, but don’t sacrifice your core values. Don’t forget to keep bonding intimately through affection, laughter and new experiences. Value the love you share and let it motivate you to do the necessary work.

Even though a long-term relationship involves compromise and effort, it is worth the work.

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About the Author

Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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