Quality relationships are one of the leading sources of happiness and satisfaction in life according to The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, a psychology-based book by Sonja Lyubomirsky. This means that relationships with friends, family and romantic partners should be nurtured and prioritized. However, in the age of phubbing and with countless societal distractions, relationships can fall to the wayside. Whether you’re looking to foster new relationships with a quality base or hoping to deepen your existing relationships for a more meaningful bond, these tips will help you form and maintain quality relationships.
Accept the other person for their strengths and weaknesses. This might mean being okay with the fact that your friend is perpetually late, but celebrating their loyalty and ability to listen.
Respect the other person’s opinions. Learning to have a thoughtful disagreement instead of a fight is key. Perhaps through calm discussion of opposing viewpoints, both parties will gain further perspective.
Trust the other person. This includes everything from believing what the other person says to you to confiding in them when you need to vent.
Share happiness. When something good happens, even if it’s small, telling the other person will bring you closer together. They’ll likely be happy for you, too.
Listen to the other person. Sometimes, all the person needs is someone to be there. Pay careful attention to when your opinion or advice might be welcome or not.
Give what you want to receive. Relationships are often reciprocal. If you want to know the other person’s deepest thoughts, you should share yours first.