We all have connections to the people around us. We have brothers, sisters, parents, friends, cousins, classmates. All of these connections are known as our relationships – and having good relationships is one of the most important ways to live a good life.

Three years ago, Harvard University in the US found that people with strong relationships are happier, healthier, and live for longer. So, how can we make sure to take care of the relationships we care about the most?

All healthy relationships need the same things: respect, trust, kindness, and good communication. They should have boundaries, too. You should never feel forced by friends into doing something you don’t want to do. Our relationships should make us feel happy and safe – not worried or left out.

However, relationships can have their ups and downs. It is perfectly normal to have disagreements with others. Perhaps you have felt jealous or hurt in the past, and it has led to a fight with a friend. The best way to work through it is to talk. You never know – the other person may be feeling the same way!

Keep thinking about relationships by reading our special report.

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How do you cheer up your friends when they are upset? Understanding, support and kindness are all important parts of healthy relationships. This video shows how the friends Sesame Street take care of one another.


  1. Write your own explanations of trust, kindness, and respect. Then check with a dictionary and compare the definitions.
  2. Write a poem about what makes a good relationship. Use examples of your own relationships with family members or friends.
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