It’s Spring time which means a time of rebirth and renewal. I like to think that such renewal can occur between us and those we care about. Certainly, we can all strive to be better friends, spouses, and neighbors. No doubt in my life I wish I would have paid more attention to the small details that enrich our relationships. The good news is that it’s never too late to start fresh and help repair, heal, and nourish our relationships.
Over the last couple of years I have focused on daily steps that I can take every day to improve my relationships. I have come up with several tips that can help you in your relationships.
Be willing to change your mind – This means be more flexible. If you want to go to Place A for dinner but she/he wants to go to Place B. We open to other’s influence and be willing to change your mind. Flexibility and meeting people half way can pay off in many dividends.
Say Six Positive Things for Every Negative Thing – If we say six things for every criticism – we are able to focus on the positives a lot more and our criticism, when they occur, are more effective.
Spend happy time together doing things – Whether it means taking a way, going to the movies, or out to dinner – having fun time is important for sustaining relationships.
Make the most of your disagreements – While may never see eye-to-eye on everything we can make some positive gains on when we learn from our disagreements however intense they are. Staying positive, being open to learn from mistakes and forgive one another is essential to maintain a healthy relationship.