How to Grow Your Relationships and Create Strong Bonds
Relationships require two people, interaction, and a genuine desire to connect. Whether you want to improve your relationship with a friend, a loved one, or a co-worker, there are steps you can take to build a bridge. Create a span of communication and nurture your relationship for the best outcome.
Relationships need time and effort to thrive. Let’s look at ways you can help nourish your relationships and build stronger bonds.
8 Steps to Help Grow Better Relationships
1. Honesty is about direct communication and respect. Being honest with somebody is the only way to truthfully grow a relationship that’s become stagnant. Don’t leave the other person guessing. Honesty is vital when it comes to keeping a relationship healthy.
2. Find similarities. Whether it’s via something you enjoy doing together, a common work project, or even outside activities such as recognizing similar causes you support. We connect better when we share similarities.
3. Respect differences. You don’t have to be two peas in a pod to have a good relationship with somebody. Whether they have different views on something, we each grew up with values and understandings that we abide by and with. Respect that each of us has our own way of doing things, and as long as it’s not harmful, learn to respect differences – whether that’s in religion, culture, or even politics. You don’t have to agree on every single detail to nurture relationships. Value similarities as much as differences.
4. Offer positivity and support when a co-worker, friend, or family member is going through a difficult situation. Being there for the good and bad moments is an important element in maintaining solid relationships. Don’t be a fair-weather friend.
5. Make time for people who matter to you. We want to feel accepted and acknowledged, and if somebody is important to you, sharing quality time together is a great way for somebody to feel that they matter.
6. Forgiveness and compassion are key. Don’t jump to conclusions over something that may or may not be true. Listen to your friend and give them a moment to explain why they did something. Our perspective is often limited, and we should give them the benefit of the doubt.
7. Create a community of support with work friends. This safety net allows you to open up and discuss issues without judgment that might come from others who don’t understand your business environment. What might seem small and petty to someone who hasn’t been through your situation, might be something your co-workers understand and can help you through.
8. Offer yourself up to help, without asking for something in return. A great way to nurture a relationship is through the gift of giving. Our time or help is a value that can go further than we realize. Maybe somebody needs an extra pair of hands, or a shoulder to lean on, or somebody to brainstorm ideas with. Give abundantly, and you’ll see your relationships continue to thrive.
Whether you’re looking to grow a deeper connection with a loved one and partner, or improve working relations at your workplace, there are steps you can take to nurture those bonds.
If you feel a relationship is slowly fading, try to reconnect. Maybe a friend you once felt close to seems to be drifting away. Reach out with honest communication and let them know you’d like to reconnect.
At work, foster a community of support and offer to help others if they’re overwhelmed or swamped.
Have a fight with a family member? Forgiveness and compassion will take you much further than holding a grudge. Find out if maybe there’s a side to their story you hadn’t taken in mind. You don’t always have to see eye-to-eye, and sometimes agreeing to disagree works just the same.
If somebody matters in your life, the best way to let them know is by showing empathy and being there for them.
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