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Relationship Improvement Ideas

By Bill Underwooda

One thing we know about relationships for certain, is that they take some effort to maintain. It really doesn’t matter what type of relationship it is or with whom, it is important to pay attention and nurture it. We have selected five tips to help improve the quality of the relationships. If you find some you like, implement them. Remember, nothing really happens until you take action.

1. Improve communication skills. Most relationship counselors agree that the most common cause of relationships deteriorating over time is a lack of communication skills. Sometimes you start taking the relationship for granted and assume you know what the other person is thinking. Nothing could be further from the truth, you are not a mind reader. It is important to communicate your wants and needs as well as your goals and ambitions to your partner.

2. Maintain your identity. One of the biggest peace mistakes people make in relationships is the concept of molding themselves to please the other person. Having to put on a mask for another person, or act differently to suit their desires or demands creates a lot of stress and tension. In the long run, it cannot be maintained over time. To try to act, or be forced to be inconsistent with your own values and personality is a recipe for disaster.

3. Develop listening skills. This quality is consistently among the highest rated on any list of desirable qualities in a person. It is very flattering to know that you are being heard. Aside from speaking, it is the other part of good communication. If a person is constantly interrupting another person or trying to think about what to say next when someone is talking, they are not truly listening. They cannot hear what is being communicated. Listening well is certainly one of the most attractive qualities you can possess and it can be easily developed.

4. Be flexible. It is somewhat natural to want and expect everything in life to go our way. This is not a reasonable expectation; sometimes things will just not work out the way you want them to. It is important to have alternate plans in place, and to accept fluctuations in your best laid plans. Keep some options open, and think out of the box. Remember within the context of relationships, nothing is written in stone; it does not have to be your way or the highway.

5. Practice tolerance. One of the great things about becoming involved in a relationship is learning about the differences between yourself and the other person. Sometimes, however, habits and actions can become annoying. There is no rule written anywhere that says everyone should act the way you want them to. The very nature of individuals implies that people respond differently to different situations. Accept these differences.

People were not meant to existing vacuums. We need relationships of all different types to be fulfilled and happy. However, relationships don’t materialize and maintain themselves out of thin air. Relationships are generally a case where the reward obtained matches the amount of effort put into it.

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