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The Secret to Relationships

Whether you would like to admit it or not, forming solid relationships in your life helps you to be happier, healthier and more successful. But maintaining them isn’t always easy: It requires commitment, effective communication and learning how to give and take. We’ve got a few tips to help you solidify the relationships in your life and create new ones.

1. Take time to connect

In Connection Culture, Michael Lee Stallard stresses the importance of connecting with co-workers in order to be truly successful at your job.  Connections between people promote health, happiness and work productivity. So next time you want to skip that employee outing, remember that bonding with your co-workers can actually help you perform better at your job and make your workday more enjoyable.

“Take time to connect with people on a personal level.”

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2. Communication is key

‘It’s not what you say, but how you say it.’ How many times have you heard that phrase in your life? Most likely a lot, but that’s because it could not be any truer. Learning to communicate more effectively can literally change your life.  Author of How to Talk to Anyone, Leil Lowndes says that you can use body language to send out positive, winning messages about yourself.  Start with a smile, maintain eye contact and give undivided attention to the person you are talking with.

“Language most shews a man: Speak, that I may see thee.” – English dramatist and poet Ben Jonson

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3. Give and Take

Sorry, but you can’t always be right! Learning when to give and when to take in a relationship helps build trust and balance. Dale Carnegie, author of the self-help classic How to Win Friends and Influence People, implores you to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and look at the world from the other person’s perspective:

“Instead of condemning people, let’s try to understand them. Let’s try to figure out why they do what they do. That’s a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance, and kindness.”

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