10 Tips to Building a Strong Relationship

Building RelationshipsBuilding a strong relationship with your family and friends helps you get through the bad times and makes the good times even better.

It’s important to focus on relationships with your family – as well as your friends. Too often we treat our friends our better or with more compassion than those we say we love the most.

Relationships with family require friendship as well. Learn to be a friend to your loved ones and you’ll reap great rewards that you might not have known existed.

Here are 10 Tips to Building a Strong Relationship that will last a lifetime:

1. TRUST
Trust your family and friends. Trust that they have your best interest in mind and are not out to get you. Trust that they will do right by you. If there is someone in your life that you don’t trust … Should they be in your life? In return you should be trustworthy. Be sure not to do harm to those you love.

2. HONESTY
Honesty really is the best policy. When you’re honest with yourself and others you are a person that others look up to with respect. You don’t have to remember lies that you told people. And the truth rarely comes back to bite you.

3. TIME
Spend time with your loved ones and friends. Spending time with one another strengthens relationships. Be sure to remind your loved ones and friends how glad you are to have them in your life.

4. FORGIVENESS
Forgiveness benefits you in two ways. First off you reduce stress by forgiving those that have wronged you. Second it gives those you forgive peace of mind and a chance to grow. Be sure to forgive yourself as well!

5. COMPROMISE
Life is full of compromise. When you learn to give as well as take, you’re building a strong foundation. After all, no one ever gets their own way all of the time. A trait of true friendship is the ability to compromise.

6. AGREE
Agree to disagree. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. Believe it or not, your opinion is not always right for someone else. Don’t waste time and energy fighting over things that will never be resolved. Know what is worth fighting over and what is not.

7. COMMUNICATE
If you don’t spend time talking and really listening to someone – How are you ever going to get to really know them? To know what makes them tick? By keeping honest and open communication at all times – the stronger you’ll be for it.

8. LISTEN
Learn to actively listen. Realize that sometimes people just need to talk their feelings out. They don’t expect or want you to fix their problems – just be there to listen – without criticism or judging.

9. LOVE
Love unconditionally. This doesn’t mean that you agree or condone another’s actions. It just means that you will love them – regardless of the mistakes they make. Don’t put conditions on your love. After all true love sees no borders and knows no boundaries.

10. LEARN
Learn from your mistakes. Change yourself when needed. Know that you are the only person you have the ability to change. So if something needs fixing in a relationship – look to see what you can change about yourself. Learn what it takes to be a good friend.

By regularly practicing the above 10 tips to building a good relationship, you’ll find that you will be surrounded people who love and respect you. Being a true friend is a priceless gift.