In times of economic troubles and tough financial times, relationships seem to take a beating. While it is usually our significant others that feel the brunt of the strain, it can also be friendships that suffer. That's why it's important to focus on our relationships and make sure that we're giving our all to the people most important to us.
Here are the five best ways to have a healthy relationship:
5. TALK AND LISTEN to each other. While this seems like a normal request and expectation, it can often times be overlooked. It's important to remember to ask about their day, what's going on in their life, and then listen to what they have to say. Don't be planning what you're going to tell them or looking for an opening to complain about your life while they're opening up about what's bothering them at the time. Instead, actively listen to what they're saying and concentrate on how it's affecting them.
4. BE SOMEONE THEY CAN DEPEND ON and trust to be there when they need you. If you make plans to meet for lunch, be there. If you promise to pick up the dry cleaning on the way home, make it a priority. While the event may not seem big to you, it is to the person you promised it to. A healthy relationship is one that allows for trust and dependability.
3. IT'S OK TO SAY I'M SORRY when you're wrong. But saying the words is not necessarily enough. Remember, that when you say you're sorry, it inherently means that you will try not to let it happen again. If you say you're sorry for forgetting your anniversary, it's going to hold a lot more weight if you don't forget your friend or loved one's birthday. Two apologies in a row tend to lose their effectiveness.
2. PDA's can be a good thing. Don't be afraid to display some public affection for your partner. Greet them with a hug, hold hands under the table and show them with your actions how much they mean to you. While it's nice to tell them you love them, public displays of affection go a long way too.
1. A healthy relationship is an ONGOING PROCESS. You have to work at it and your partner does too. Keep sending “thinking of you” cards that show your love for them. Text them unexpectedly to let them know you care.
By working at your relationships, you have a buffer against hard financial times, cold depressing weather, and down mood swings. Just as you would pamper a plant that has been brought in during the winter months, so should you nurture and work at keeping your relationships blooming.
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