Relationships can be the best or the most difficult aspect in life, depending on how we develop them, and how much we work on them.
There are people who dedicate themselves to their relationships and manage to find all the happiness and joy they can offer, while others take those things for granted, and often feel dissatisfied, unfulfilled, scared, limited, or even rejected.
According to The Irish Times:
“Our mental health and personal well being are tied up in the quality of our personal relationships.
The more closely we are connected to the people we love, the happier we feel and the more personal satisfaction we have in our lives. Most people rate moments of connection and shared enjoyment with their loved ones as their most important life experiences.
These important relationships not only include family and personal friends but also the wider groups and communities we belong to.
Forming connections and a sense of community with work colleagues, neighbors and the various groups that make up our identity (such as sports, hobbies, religious and community groups), all contribute to our well-being.
Forming a sense of belonging with other people around a shared mission or identity is a major contributor to our sense of personal meaning in life.
Our personal resilience is interwoven into the resilience of the communities to which we belong. It is from the web of our relationships and connections with other people that we draw our strength.”
Fortunately, our relationships can mirror our own attitude toward them, so if you and your partner, colleague, relative, or friend, work hard to make things succeed, failure is not an option.
Here are 35 ways to improve the important relationships in your life:
-- Be true to yourself, and be honest about what you like and what is important to you in life;
-- Follow your heart;
-- Be independent, but do not reject help;
-- Accept yourself, and tell your partner your flaws, as even though they do not define you, you will feel a great relief;
-- Don’t be too hard on yourself, and try to judge from a neutral point of view;
-- Don’t seek approval, as you are the one that determines your own path;
-- Your dates should be simpler, like picnics and walks in nature;
-- Try new things together;
-- Be there for your loved one, always;
-- Live in the present moment;
-- Do not build walls around you, and let others see the real you;
-- You don’t always have to be right, so you do not need to have the last word in all situations;
-- Make your life simples by aligning your words, thoughts, and actions;
-- Learn to love, respect, and care for yourself;
-- You need to become comfortable with the idea that your partner has friends of the opposite sex;
-- Open your heart and love freely;
-- Accept others for who they are, and stop trying to change them;
-- Appreciate others, and recognize their qualities and positive attributes;
-- Avoid complaining, as it drains your energy;
-- Support each other’s goals in life, and encourage your partner’s dreams;
-- Love without expectations;
-- Practice minimalism and its simplicity will provide great happiness;
-- Talk openly with your significant other, about your problems, fears, memories, dreams, insecurities, and doubts;
-- Be proud of yourself and recognize your accomplishments;
-- You will solve the problem only if you see it rationally, so talk with your partner in order not to exaggerate things;
-- Explore your spirituality, alone and with your partner;
-- Listen more, and talk less;
-- Your actions affect more people, so be mindful of them;
-- Find time to relax, and enjoy your time in calmness;
-- Be grateful in life, as even the bad experiences are valuable lessons;
-- Always speak calmly, with love and understanding, do not let your emotions control your temper;
-- Let go of your painful memories;
-- Remember that you are beautiful, inside and out;
-- Compliment your partner, and say you love the new haircut, clothes, or accomplishments at work;
-- Always be there for your loved one, and support him/her in the journey in life, even if it means you have to grow apart for a while;