Life is about relationships. Not only the relationships you have with your partner, family, friends, and co-workers. It’s also the relationship that you have with nature, your own body, your life’s work, and most importantly with yourself.
In the modern days, we are spending most of our time browsing thru our smartphones and tablets, we sometimes forget to spend time with the people around us. Apart from financial and work stress, family life can also put a lot of strain on your relationship. But, it’s time to put a stop that! Our real-world connections with the people who matter most are what give our lives meaning. You (hopefully) won’t be updating your Facebook status or posting to Instagram from your deathbed! Wouldn’t you rather be surrounded by the people who’ve loved you? With that in mind, here are three tips for nourishing your relationships.
Make Time for Face Time
Sure, you’re tired after a long day at work, and maybe you’d prefer to go home and rest, but when a friend (whom you haven’t seen in months) calls and wants to get together, agree to meet up with them. Don’t make them chase you down for some one-on-one time! Eventually, they’re going to get tired of pursuing some quality time with you. You can even make it clear that you only have time for one drink, a cup of coffee, a quick workout, etc. Just carve out time for them if you value your relationship.
Keep Each Other’s Secrets
Nothing enforces a bond better than a genuine commitment, and that includes keeping anything shared in confidence between the two of you. Resist the urge to share someone else’s secrets with your partner or closest friend. If you do, you prove to be trustworthy and having a trustworthy friend enriches relationships.
Be Truthful, Yet Tactful
Sure, it’s easy to tell someone what you think they want to hear, but being honest goes a long way. That being said, you need to be tactful, because another person’s feelings and pride are involved. Learn to master “I feel” statements and embrace constructive criticism. Being truthful, yet tactful, is a great way to enrich a relationship.
Express Your Gratitude
When was the last time you expressed gratitude (in words or deeds) to someone who did something nice for you? When did you last tell someone you were thankful you had them in your life? Telling or showing someone that you value them enriches your relationship. It’s the sincerity that people appreciate, along with the gratitude. And if you’re thankful for what you already have, whether it be people or things, the Universe will give you even more. So, if you are kind to the people who matter most and appreciate what they do for you, not only will your relationships with them be enriched, but you will have even more wonderful relationships to look forward to!