10 Tips For Maintaining Healthy Relationships
Who couldn’t use 10 tips for maintaining healthy relationships? If there is turmoil in your relationships, it can cause some real stress. There are numerous ways to maintain a healthy relationship and here are ten tips for doing so.
- Communication. Communication is important if you want to have healthy relationships. Talk to your friends, family and significant other about your feelings and encourage them to do the same with you.
- Be respectful. Always treat others the way you want to be treated. Maybe the people around you have different ideas, interests and/or beliefs than you. It is important to be respectful even if you do not agree. You cannot maintain a healthy relationship without respect.
- Be forgiving. Remember, no one is perfect. If you are forgiving of people's mistakes, they will most likely be forgiving of yours. It is important to be able to move on after someone has hurt you and being forgiving can help you do so. Holding grudges can cause further issues later on in your relationships.
- Always fight fairly. It is almost certain that you will fight with the people closest to you at some point. When a fight arises, listen to the other person’s side, ask him/her to listen to your side and never yell or name call. Never use a fight as an excuse to say hurtful things. Whenever you realize that you are in the wrong, you should apologize.
- Show affection. Let others know how much you appreciate the people in your life by showing them how much you care. Always say thank you if someone does you a favor—it can show that you really appreciate what they have done for you. You could surprise your girlfriend or best friend with a gift, such as flowers, candy or something they have been wanting.
- Be honest. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to relationships. If you are caught telling a lie, it can cause some real damage. It could even end a relationship. Always keep your word. If you say you are going to do something, do it.
- Be yourself. Chances are, everyone you have a relationship with likes you for who you truly are. If you go into a relationship acting as someone you are not, the relationship can end if you let your true self come out. Again, it is always good to be honest with others.
- Be responsible. Take responsibility for your actions. Try not to blame others for your mistakes.
- Spend time with everyone you share a relationship with. Take time out of your busy schedule to be with the people you love. Creating long-lasting memories is important for every healthy relationship. It is also very important to be a part of the lives of the people you care about.
- Laugh together. Laughter can create strong, healthy relationships. Laugh with everyone you have a relationship with—it can help ease tension and you can have a great time together.
Posted on: Dec. 02, 2010