Are you working on developing better relationships with your family and friends?
It’s easy to get lost in the many things we do every day. You can spend so much time making a living and getting ahead, that you might forget the things that are really important.
This is something that’s happened to many of us. Our relationships with our partner, our friends, our family and our friends can suffer as we focus other things. Do you want these to fall through the cracks or do you want them to be healthy relationships.
If you want to focus on developing better relationships, you need to learn the keys to cultivating these relationships. Learning these keys will help increase your personal happiness by bringing more love into your life.
Here are the seven keys to developing better relationships:
1. Spend More Time with the People You Care about.
You need to set aside time in your schedule to spend with the people you care about. Schedule time into your calendar to make sure you don’t forget. It’s lack of time that can cause a relationship, including a marriage, to end due to neglect. If you are developing better relationships, you need to be willing to make time in your life to work on it.
2. Appreciate the People You Have in Your Life.
Many people never feel appreciated. They don’t believe that anyone knows about their good qualities or how special they are. That’s why it’s important for the people who care about them to make sure to show they are appreciated. Take the time to share how you feel about the positive qualities your family and friends have, instead of harping on the negative ones.
3. Learn How to Ask for Forgiveness.
Some people never want to admit that they’re wrong. It’s hard to live with someone who thinks they’re always right. If you have trouble admitting you’ve made mistakes, you could be ruining your relationships. Learn how to apologize and ask for forgiveness. This not only helps in developing better relationships, it also shows that you care enough to admit you’re wrong.
4. Learn How to Forgive and Don’t Hold Grudges.
You can’t live in the past. Holding grudges doesn’t do anything to help in developing better relationships. This bitterness will do more to harm your relationships, then to improve them. Learn how to let go of the past so that you can have a better relationships with the people you love. Learning to forgive people in your past will only make you a better person.
5. Learn How to Say Thank You.
As relationship age, over time, it’s easy to start taking the people in your life for granted. Nobody wants to feel that they’re not appreciated. Doing something as simple as saying thank you, can let a person know that what they do is important enough for you to take the time to notice it.
6. Learn How to Listen Instead of Talking.
For some people, all conversations are one-way. They talk you listen. If you’re the one usually doing the talking, you need to let the people in your life get in on the conversation. Relationships are built on communication, but it needs to be a back-and-forth exchange. So, remember to let other people talk and take the time to listen to what they have to say.
7.Learn How to Give People the Help They Really Need.
Some people are quick to give advice or money. However, many times these same people can’t give the people in their lives the things they really need. Your friend may not need a huge bouquet while they’re in the hospital, they may just want more visits. Your child may not want the biggest, brightest toy; they may just want some time with you.
These may seem like simple things to do, but they can be difficult for some. However, following these suggestions will assist you in developing better relationships with the people that matter to you.
As your relationships improve, you’ll find that your level of happiness as well. As the happiness of the people around you will increase. When this happens, you’ll know all the work that you’ve done to have a better relationship was well worth it.
Comment/Discussion Questions: Are you working on developing better relationships with your friends and family? What have you done to improve these relationships? Have these things worked for you? Leave a comment.
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