Building Solid Emotional Connections

Neel Suresh Sus
4 min readMay 10, 2023
A connected brain and a heart made of yarn symbolizing an emotional connection.

Humans are hardwired to seek out connections with each other. We are social beings with a deep need to be around and interact with others. Our lives flourish when we have meaningful, emotional connections in them.

Key Takeaways:

  • An emotional connection is a bond between two people forged through mutual respect and admiration.
  • It is necessary for lasting relationships.
  • Emotional connections boost confidence and help us feel safe.
  • You can build new connections and strengthen existing ones by focusing on empathy and genuine communication.

Emotional connections are built on mutual respect, trust, and understanding. When no emotional connections exist, relationships struggle, romance is fleeting, and life loses its luster. Let’s explore more about what emotional connections are, some of their benefits, and a few tips for building strong connections in your life.

Diving into emotional connections

An emotional connection is a conglomeration of feelings, such as respect, alignment, and intimacy, that creates a bond between people. It may be a romantic bond, but it isn’t always. You can build an emotional connection with coworkers, family members, friends, and even customers.

Building these types of human connections can be challenging, but the results have lasting rewards.


Loneliness is dangerous. It’s linked to several detrimental health concerns, such as heart disease, dementia, and stroke. We strive for emotional connections to avoid loneliness, but that’s not the only benefit.

Confidence booster

It feels good to be with someone you have a connection with. When someone you admire and respect recognizes your good qualities, you feel confident, and your self-worth increases. This boosted morale seeps into all parts of life and impacts how you treat others.

Increased intimacy

Physical touch releases oxytocin, the “feel-good hormone.” An emotional connection increases the intensity of touch and lovemaking, helps loosen inhibitions, and enhances comfort.


A strong, emotionally connected relationship feels safe. The trust that grows as the connection is built enforces the feeling of safety. People who feel secure experience less stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s easier to be vulnerable and show your true personality.

Authentic communication

The deepening of conversation is the most important benefit for many people. Authentic, honest communication is a powerful thing, whether you’re forging connections with coworkers, friends, or family.

Lack of communication, on the other hand, causes all sorts of problems. For relationships to last, open communication must exist.

Emotional support

Establishing an emotional connection gives you a support system. Sharing the emotional toll with others makes you feel stronger and more capable of managing life.

Having a support system increases self-esteem, improves social skills, and makes you feel secure. The mental health benefits are practically endless. People with emotional support are less likely to experience stress and clinical depression.

Improved health

People are healthier when they have loving, emotionally connected relationships. Being with people you enjoy releases oxytocin, which increases blood flow, boosts immunity, and fights sickness.

The benefits of emotional connections help people tackle the heavy issues in life. They help strengthen relationships and improve confidence. The problem is that building them doesn’t always come easily.

Building strong emotional connections

Building strong emotional connections takes patience. Many elements must come together at once to form this amazing human bond. However, there are several things you can do to encourage the process.

Show genuine interest

Be sure to show your genuine interest in other people to inspire an emotional connection. Learn about their likes, dislikes, dreams, and regrets. Listen to what they say and try to understand and relate to it.


Showing trust — and that you can be trusted — are integral parts of making emotional connections. It helps establish security and stability in a relationship and is an essential building block to a richer connection. No relationship lasts long without trust.

Show respect

Showing respect is one of the most important things you can do to forge an emotional connection.

Displaying respect for someone tells them you admire them. It means that you look past their exterior personality and see them for the commendable qualities they embody. It’s a way of showing appreciation for the simple fact that they exist.

All types of relationships require respect to flourish.

Have empathy

Empathy is understanding and relating to someone within the human experience. It’s giving a smile to people you pass on the street, listening without judgment when a friend has problems, and understanding when a coworker has a toothache and must visit the dentist.

Being empathetic is caring for other people just because they are people.

Recognize accomplishments

It feels wonderful when someone you admire acknowledges your accomplishments. You feel proud of yourself and are more motivated to continue accomplishing goals. That feeling leads to a deeper connection with the people who recognize and support your journey.

Be present

Not many things are as discouraging as talking to someone who won’t get off the phone or stop watching television. Trying to interact with someone who isn’t fully present is unsatisfying, annoying, and even hurtful.

Remember that building strong emotional connections takes time and effort, especially with someone who has been hurt in a toxic relationship.

Building emotional connections is the only way to maintain healthy relationships that last for years — the kind that sustains you throughout life. The most important part of building emotional connections is being yourself. That’s when the magic happens.

Start making deeper emotional connections in your life today

Enjoying the benefits of deep emotional connections starts with you. Only you can take those initial first steps to deepen the connections in your life.

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Neel Suresh Sus

Believer in Conscious Leadership | CEO at Susco | We enable people to lead more fulfilling lives by creating intuitive software for innovative organizations.