by Tom Clark We need other people! Our greatest joys—and our greatest hurts—come in our relationships. How can we improve our friendships and bonds of every kind? All human beings, regardless of age, sex, nationality or social background, have an innate desire for connections with others. Without them, life is dull, empty, without purpose and without enjoyment. Our relationships help make us who we are and contribute greatly to our quality of life. From the moment of birth, we seek out others and crave security—the feelings of being connected, appreciated and loved. We can gain those things from parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives. We also seek friendships and affirmation from friends, neighbors and coworkers. As we mature, we naturally seek more intimate relationships, learning and hopefully one day growing into a loving marriage. With this start, we begin to build our own families and strengthen bonds with our children and, later, grandchildren. Relationships are also important to the Creator God. He designed and created marriage and family, the building blocks of society. The Bible is filled with instructions about how human relations of every kind can be better. God wants human beings to be happy, and He knows that much of our happiness depends on how we get along with other people and how well we manage problems with others. If you would like to explore ways to improve and solidify your relationships, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the many helpful articles in this section. Relationship stories & advice regularly by email... Sign up now for free, helpful Insights Into Relationships posts!