Tuesday, January 10, 2006

7 Ways to Improve Your Relationship

One of the best ways to improve your life and live a more positive life is to enjoy wonderful relationships with friends, family and spouses. I found an interesting article today that shares 7 ways to improve your relationship. The article is by Margaret Paul, Ph.D. and she offers some interesting steps that everyone should consider. Here are the seven ways, and at the bottom of this post, you can click to view the entire article:
  1. Take Responsibility for Yourself - This is the most important choice you can make to improve your relationship. This means that you learn how to take responsibility for your own feelings and needs.
  2. Kindness, Compassion & Acceptance - Treat others the way you want to be treated. This is the essence of a truly spiritual life. We all yearn to be treated lovingly – with kindness, compassion, understanding, and acceptance. We need to treat ourselves this way, and we need to treat our partner and others this way. Relationships flourish when both people treat each other with kindness.
  3. Learning Instead of Controlling - When conflict occurs, you always have two choices regarding how to handle the conflict: you can be open to learning about yourself and your partner and discover the deeper issues of the conflict, or you can try to win, or at least not lose, through some form of controlling behavior.
  4. Create Date Times - When people first fall in love, they make time for each other. Then, especially after getting married, they get busy. Relationships need time to thrive. It is vitally important to set aside specific times to be together – to talk, play, make love. Intimacy cannot be maintained without time together.
  5. Gratitude Instead of Complaints - Positive energy flows between two people when there is an “attitude of gratitude.” Constant complaints creates a heavy, negative energy, which is not fun to be around. Practice being grateful for what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t have.
  6. Fun and Play - We all know that “work without play makes Jack a dull boy.” Work without play makes for dull relationships as well. Relationships flourish when people laugh together, play together, and when humor is a part of everyday life.
  7. Service - A wonderful way of creating intimacy is to do service projects together. Giving to others fills the heart and creates deep satisfaction in the soul. Doing service moves you out of yourself and your own problems and supports a broader, more spiritual view of life.
Click here to read more about the 7 steps listed above.

Good luck and make it a great day!


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