Relationships are one of the most important things we have in this life. They can bring so much joy but they can also be extremely messy. While healthy relationships foster love, commitment, and intimacy, toxic relationships create resentment, distrust, and bad habits.
This doesn’t just go for romantic relationships either. We are constantly engaging in relationships, whether it be on the commute to work, in the office, or at the dinner table with the family. Every day, we form relational habits.
Ultimately, when the relationships in our lives are strained, the quality of our life feels lacking. If you’re in a toxic relationship with your coworker, your partner, or even your family, you’re not going to be happy.
Even the healthiest of relationships go through difficult times. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies. At some point, there will be suffering. Maybe your partner lied to you. Maybe your coworker went behind your back. Maybe your children disrespect you. All these things are real problems, but what matters is that we know how to work through the hard places to reach the other side.
That’s why I’ve got the leading expert on modern relationships, Esther Perel, on the podcast today.