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What are relationships

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We all have relationships with many people in our lives such as friends, family, teachers, pets and many others.

A positive and healthy relationship is based on love, respect, honesty, trust, and communication. This applies to all the relationships we have whether it's with your best friend, your teacher or your partner.  The best relationships can often start with friendship and build from there.

Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings and people often seek its expression by being in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner.  Romantic relationships can be an important part of our life, providing a source of fulfillment, security and happiness.

Most people will have more than one romantic relationship during their life, and this is ok - meeting different people helps us find out who we are attracted and suited to and helps us to decide what we want from a relationship.

It's also fine to choose not to be in a relationship at all. Lots of people are single and many choose to be single. This is completely fine.

It's important to remember that relationships are not always perfect every day, they are also about sharing life's ups and downs and supporting each other. The most important thing, if you do choose to be in a relationship with someone, is that it should be a positive experience. 

Being in a relationship does not mean that you have to have sex. You can go out with someone for a long time and still find loads of ways to have fun and feel close without having sex. It might take you weeks, months or even years before you decide you're ready to go further. That's perfectly ok. Take it slowly, think about your feelings and don't feel pressured by your partner. If they try to make you do something you're not ready for, they're just not right for you.

Being in a relationship means to live, to love, to smile, be happy, have fun and most importantly, to feel good about yourself.

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