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Strong healthy relationships can be some of the best supports in your life.  Great relationships can improve many aspects of your life, improve your health, your mind and your connections with yourself and others.  On the downside, unhealthy relationships or relationships that are not working can come at a tremendous cost. Not only affecting the relationship itself, but also your health and emotional state and well being.  

Relationships are an investment.  What you put in to them, you will get out!  All relationships are different and can all have their own dynamics but there are some basic rules that all relationships should follow.  We have listed a few tips that can help you keep your relationships strong.  It is crucial to know some basic principles for healthy relationships so you can keep them meaningful, fulfilling and exciting through both good times and bad. 

  • Communicate - Being open, honest and direct in any relationship is vital.  Many relationships end because of a "secret".  As an example, one person has failed to communicate something with the other party and ends up building resentments. They have kept a "secret" from the other party whether it be a disappointment, a fear, a resent or a lie.  If you are bothered by something that the other person has done or said, it is critical that you be honest and share your feelings regardless of what their reaction may be. When both people feel comfortable expressing their needs, fears, and desires, trust and bonds are strengthened. Nonverbal cues—body language like eye contact, leaning forward or away, or touching someone’s arm—are critical to communication.

  • Stay Connected - All great relationships require time and commitment.  Some relationships can get stuck in peaceful coexistence (contentment) where the individuals just don't relate to each other anymore.   We all change and it is nice to know that your relationships can stay up to date with those changes.  Any relationship requires time and commitment to nurture. So whether it is a significant other, friend or loved one, stay connected by spending time with them and staying in touch.  While the relationship may seem stable on the surface, lack of involvement and lack of communication increases distance. When you need to talk about something important, the connection and understanding may no longer be there if it has not been properly nurtured.

  • Getting through conflict - "Would you rather be right or happy?"  These are some powerful words that we like to live by.  Getting through conflict can sometimes be challenging.  Some people can talk things our calmly and other may raise their voice and agree to disagree.  The key is to not be afraid of conflict and be able to express yourself without fear of retaliation, humiliation or insisting on being right.  Sometimes, it comes down to just agreeing to disagree on a particular matter at hand.  Is the argument that important that you HAVE to be right? Usually it is not, and if you do end up having to be right, it is usually at the expense and unhappiness of the other person. So does anyone really end up winning.  Telling the other person, "You may be right", allows the situation to diffuse without completely having to give in.  

These are just a few of our relationship building blocks that can help you create and nurture loving and lasting relationships.  Like anything in life, you have to work at things to make them succeed. Relationships are no different.  You can read more article that we found helpful in relationship building on our blog.  CLICK HERE

In all battles of the heart over the mind, go with your heart. 
Because, truly, it's a lot easier for your mind to catch up with your heart, than for your heart to catch up with your mind. A whole lot.

We spend at least 12 years of our lives preparing for a career.  How much time do we spend preparing for any relationship?