We all have connections to the people around us. For example, brothers, sisters, parents, friends, cousins, and classmates. Having good relationships with people is one of the most important ways to live an enjoyable 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 that are most important to us?

All healthy relationships need the same things: respect, trust, kindness, and good communication. They also need boundaries. 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!

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How do you cheer up your friends when they are upset? Listening and being kind are key to healthy relationships. This video shows how the friends on Sesame Street take care of one another.


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