August 14

How Does the Quality of Your Relationships Affect Your Life?

How Does the Quality of Your Relationships Affect Your Life?

When you think of relationships, there’s a good chance you think first about your interaction with others. Other people such as family, friends, coworkers and neighbors are essential relationships. But, there is much more to the concept than that of external interactions. For example, you have a relationship with your religion, environment, the things you eat, and how you spend money. Essentially, everything is a relationship.

Social Conditioning Is Holding You Back

You might not be aware, but exposure to the ideas and beliefs of others on a massive scale happens every day. And this influences your life. Advertising alone is an excellent example. The average American is exposed to between 4,000 to 6,000 ads per day[2] without being aware of most of them. But the shocking thing about exposure to external influence is that it is on an emotional level by design.

Many ads and social ideas are formed around Jung’s archetypes to influence how you think and feel[3]. Archetypes such as these form neuronal connections in the brain that associate a negative or positive idea with a specific experience. These ideas are implanted into the subconscious so that they are internally normalized to shape your beliefs.

Jung himself stated: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.”

Get Right with Yourself

One of the most critical steps to take before beginning your self-relationship assessment is understanding that your thoughts and beliefs might not be your own. With the Next Level Method, you can start your journey of Self Authorship.

You cannot realistically hope to achieve your quality of life without first mending the relationship with yourself. But the most critical relationship in your life is the one with yourself. While American author James A. Michener wrote fictional family dramas[1], one of his greatest quotes applies to an essential fact of life:

“If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.”

All quotes are open to interpretation, but you could take the following advice. That you cannot move forward in life with true intentions towards your relationships without first knowing who you indeed are. The journey of self-discovery is a difficult one. Still, you must know yourself before you can hope to know others and make positive, personal development changes in your life.

Address Other Relationships

There are, of course, other relationships in life that contribute to your identity, belonging, self-worth, physical health, mental health, and sense of freedom. Most people think of relationships as to how we interact with other people. While this is important, there are other factors at play.


Your relationship with others is one of the most important in life and the relationship with others can have a direct impact on your quality of life. Humans are a social species, and as such, we require such things as companionship, love and social interaction, shelter, food, and warmth. American psychologist Abraham Maslow places intimate relationships and friends as essential factors before self-esteem requirements lead to achieving one’s full potential[4].


Money is essential, and we all need it to get the things that we need. But problems arise when you try to accumulate money for items you want and begin to associate it with abundance. Money may mean this to you, but it isn’t abundance, it is material wealth, and the meaning of money is a mindset. You can change your relationship with money and its negativity by understanding that it is just paper - not wealth. True wealth comes from healthy relationships.


What you eat has a direct influence on your life. Harmful, refined sugars are proven to affect how your brain functions[5] and exacerbate certain mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, unhealthy gut bacteria can cause similar symptoms. But the relationship with food extends beyond physical reactions. Your food mindset can also play a role in your life. Many people find comfort in food and overeat, while some undereat. Both are equally dangerous. A healthy diet is essential for mental and physical health and is beneficial on your journey of personal growth and self-discovery.

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Dan Buettner, Founder of Blue Zones, New York Times Bestselling Author, Public Speaker and National Geographic Fellow

Dan Buettner, Founder of Blue Zones, New York Times Bestselling Author, Public Speaker and National Geographic Fellow
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