Saving Difficult Relationships through Communication. Part 11.

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If  you want to have a really healthy relationship, follow these simple guidelines.
                                                                                                          Do not expect anyone to be responsible for your happiness. Too often, relationships fail because someone is unhappy and blames their partner for making them feel that way. Make yourself happy first, and then share his or her happiness.

 Forgive one another. Forgiveness is a process of ending your anger or
resentment towards another individual. It can have the power to
transcend all offenses, great and small, and learning to forgive another
takes patience, honesty, and respect. When sincerely given freely in a
relationship, forgiveness may heal relationships that are suffering.
Forgiveness is an act of humility, not one of haughty feelings.

  • Do not do anything for your partner if it comes with an expectation of reciprocation. The things you do for your partner must always be done because you chose to do them and you wanted to do them. Do not hold your “good deeds” over their head at a later time. Keeping score in a relationship will never work: a person is less likely to notice and value all the contributions of their partner as much as their own.

 Be Responsible. Responsible means that you have the ability to respond.
It does not mean you are to blame. If you’ve been rude to your partner,
own up to it, and get try to think of ways how you might do it
differently and in a positive manner next time. If you are unhappy in
your relationship, make an effort to learn how you might create a better
relationship for yourself rather than try to change your partner.

Approach your relationship as a learning experience. Each one has
important information for you to learn. When a relationship is not
working, there is usually a familiar way that we feel while in it. We
are attracted to the partner with whom we can learn the most, and
sometimes the lesson is to let go of a relationship that no longer
serves us. A truly healthy relationship will consist of both partners
who are interested in learning and expanding a relationship so that it
continues to improve.

  • Appreciate yourself and your partner. In the midst of an argument, it can be difficult to find something to appreciate. Start by generating appreciation in moments of non-stress, and that way when you need to be able to do it during a stressful conversation, it will be easier. One definition of appreciation is to be sensitively aware so you don’t have to be sugar-coating anything; so tell your beloved that you love him or her, and that you don’t want to argue but to talk and make it better.

Research have shown that people in supportive, loving relationships
are more likely to feel healthier, happier, less stress and
satisfied with their lives and less likely to have mental or
physical health problems or to do things that are bad for their
health. People in supportive, loving relationships help each other
practically as well as emotionally. Supportive partners share the
good times and help each other through the tough ones. Talking and
listening are probably the most important skills in a relationship.

There’ll always be tensions and disagreements, but if you can
communicate well, you can overcome almost any problem.

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