The quality of our relationships plays a huge role in our lives and has a great impact on our mental, physical, and emotional health.

There are various types of relationships and we should nurture and enhance all of them to make them deep and meaningful. This involves working on ourselves as well as on the communication and the connection with our loved ones.

Here are several tips that can help you to enhance the quality of all your relationships:

1. Don’t expect perfection

Never set extremely high standards that you can’t reach. You must learn that nobody is perfect, including you. We all have annoying habits and quirks. We are flawed and we do wrong things from time to time.

Once you understand this, your relationships will significantly improve. Learn to accept other people’s flaws, as well as yours, so that you can grow as a person.

2. Maintain your integrity

To set healthy boundaries, you should maintain your integrity. Never sacrifice your values for someone else if you want to establish a much stronger bond with other people.

3. Take care of yourself

Don’t forget to meet your own needs and take care of yourself. This will help you to rectify all the imbalances in your relationships, especially if you give too much of yourself.

4. Withhold criticism

Instead of criticizing your loved ones for the mistakes they have done, make sure you focus on the things they have done right. When you need to offer a criticism, make sure it is a constructive remark intended for the things that can be improved.

5. Own your mistakes

Accept the fact that we all make mistakes. We all misstep, misjudge and misspeak. Own all your mistakes and don’t be afraid to admit them. This is a sign of respect that will improve your personal growth and strengthen your relationships.

6. Don’t seek validation from others

Only insecure people need the approval of their actions and seek validation for who they are. This creates a burden of stressful and unrealistic expectations both for you and the people you love because they feel pressure to give you the desired worth and validation. Therefore, you should learn to seek approval and validation from yourself only. Make sure you work on strengthening your self-worth.

7. Say what you mean

Don’t be afraid to speak freely about your needs, feelings, and thoughts. Be honest and say what you mean. This will improve communication in your relationship and allow both of you to express your thoughts clearly.

8. Express appreciation regularly

Never let the little and meaningful things to go unnoticed. Appreciate the things your loved ones do for you. Thank them and do something in return. You can surprise them with a little gift, a favorite treat, or a special meal.

9. Accept help

Your pride can make it hard for you to ask for help but also much harder to accept it. You shouldn’t feel this as a burden. Instead, learn that you don’t have to do everything on your own. Asking for and accepting help can enhance your relationships. Your loved ones will be very happy about being asked to help you.

10. Say “I love you”

It is highly important to express your love both verbally and non-verbally. Learn to say “I love you” regularly and make sure your actions prove the truth of your words.


Source: The Powerful Mind