Monday, January 20, 2014

5 Ways to Build Any Relationship

Lately I have been taking a close look at my relationships.  This includes with friends, family, significant other, kids, pretty much anybody that you want to have a good relationship with.  I have boiled it down to 5 things you can do to better your relationships.

1.  Call Them
I mean really call them on the phone.  Texting and emailing are both great to have and easy to use, but it leaves out that personal touch of a phone call.  Texting and emails can also be misconstrued and cause problems between people when there really shouldn't be any.  It is especially important to call people on birthdays and holidays.  Talking to your friends and family is the best way to put yourself in a position to build your relationship.

2.  Visit Them
Take time out of your month to visit them.  Everybody has busy lives, but it is important to take some time to show somebody else you care.  It doesn't matter if you stop by somebody's work to bring them a coffee.  Building and maintaining a relationship takes effort on everybody's part.  They should also reciprocate and take time to visit you.

3.  Confide in Them
If you want to build a relationship with anybody, confide in them.  Share your experiences and opinions with them.  Any kind of relationship is a give and take, and you want them to be able to come to you and confide in you.  The only way to create that kind of connection, is to be able to confide in them.

4.  Be Yourself
Sometimes it is hard to be yourself because you want to be impress people and you want to make sure that they like you.  The quickest way to lose a friend is pretending to be somebody you aren't.  Be yourself and people will like you for who you are.  If they don't like you for who you are, you might want to reconsider if building a relationship with them is the right answer.

5.  Be Honest
This is probably the biggest and most important thing to do in building a relationship.  Be honest. Be honest with yourself, your friends, family, husband, and wife.  If you want to have a good relationship, you have to be honest.

I am going to be practicing these 5 things from now on, and I hope you do too!

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