Throughout the average life a person will have hundreds of relationship, and while these will vary in degrees, typically, they will fall into one of four categories – friendship, romantic, professional and family.
Friendship is one of the first types of relationships that we form in our lives and can have a major impact on our health and well-being. Simply put, good friends are good for your health. Friendship helps to prevent loneliness and allows us the opportunity to offer companionship in return. Friends also increase our sense of belonging and purpose; they boost our happiness and reduce stress; improves self-confidence and self-worth; helps one cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one; and encourages you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise.
Next up we have romantic relationships, and very often it is friendship which is the basis for these. A romantic partner is someone who you confide in, and with whom you share your greatest troubles. They are there to comfort us in our time of need, and to provide camaraderie, courtship and most of all love. While often a romantic relationship can be confused with an “intimate” one, it should be understood that a true romantic relationship is much more than sex.
Then we have our professional relationship, and it is these that will normally manifest in our adult lives. Our professional relationships are forged in service of our professional goals, whereas our personal relationships (friendship) arise out of our basic human need for love, connection, and belonging. In a professional relationship, it is possible to have genuine feelings for another, and even look out for them and want what’s best, but at its core, this type of relationship is all about helping the other person get ahead in their career and professional life.
Last, but certainly not least, we have family, which is the first type of relationship we form and unlike any other relationship we will have again. The term parent-child relationship refers to the unique and enduring bond between a caregiver and his or her child. When we are first born it is these individuals who not only fed us, clothed us, comforted us, and put a roof over our heads, but ultimately, it was these individuals who kept us alive. It is through them that most of us learned how to speak and eat, how to walk and talk, and it is through them that we developed many of our values and characteristics that make us the individuals we are today.
For the most part, each and every one of us likes to believe that our parents did the best they could on our behalf and hopefully afforded us all of the opportunities possible. However, with science being ever exploratory, new information has been coming to light in regards to parenting that suggests certain practices can actually lead to higher intelligence in children.
And knowing as we do that all parents want nothing but the best for their children, we have decided to compile a list of those tips and practices here today. We understand that every parent is different in their style and approach, and as such, we are not here to change that. Rather, we are reporting to you some science-backed tips and practices that have been shown to help increase IQ, EQ, executive function, and/or academic achievement in developing children.
Research suggests that children who have studied a foreign language for two years have SAT scores 14 percent higher than those of kids who never studied foreign languages.
Furthermore, one year of foreign-language study was linked with slightly higher SAT scores, but two years yielded increases of 14 and 13 percent on the test's verbal and math portions, respectively, over the scores of students who had never studied foreign languages. Each additional year of foreign language study yielded further increases.
"The verbal scores of students who had taken four or five years of foreign language were higher than the verbal scores of students who had taken four or five years of any other subject," write the scholars whose research yielded this stat.