Simple Ways to Enrich Relationships

@Gabugs (1747)
United States
February 19, 2016 7:49pm CST
Human lives become meaningful and fulfilling when the relationships we hold dear, are maintained and enriched. Maintaining and enriching all relationships- - - be they between husbands and wives, parents and children, between siblings and relatives, between boss and employees or between friends, may not always be easy. But it can be done with genuine interest, focus and practice. Good communication is the key. Communications can be verbal or non-verbal. Frequent uses of words like thank you, please, sorry, love you, miss you when used with sincerity, can enable all relationships to thrive. It’s important to let the other person know the true nature of your feelings; nothing that you say should sound hollow. Think how much nicer it would be to let your spouse know how much he/she was missed while away or letting your friend know that you are available and ‘will be there’ when needed. It has rightly been said, “Little things in life, mean a lot. It can go a long way in strengthening and enriching all relationships. Many-a-times, the written words too could have a lasting impact, as these could be excellent reminders of your affection. One can send a small note to let the person you care about know how much he/she means to you, like “I love you with all my heart” or “your presence in my hour of grief meant a lot to me.” Your message must be simple, meaningful and heartfelt. Lest we forget: Little acts of kindness too can go a long way in strengthening and enriching one’s relationship. It could be anything like visiting a sick relative or a neighbor or gifting a box of candy, a bottle of favorite perfume, or a bottle of wine to renew an old friendship or spark a new one. However, the bottom line remains: Whatever you say or do, must spring from the heart.
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@jaboUK (55159)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 16
It all comes down to being kind and considerate really.
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@vandana7 (69050)
• India
20 Feb 16
And expecting less...and giving more...
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
20 Feb 16
@jabo Indeed yes, the essence of a healthy relationship is being kind and considerate. But at times, we fail to express the same by demonstrating our thoughtfulness either by words or deeds.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
20 Feb 16
@vandana7 That's so true. Besides, we truly can enrich another person's life, when we give ourselves- - - our time, attention and resources without expecting anything in return.
@RasmaSandra (21172)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 Feb 16
@Gabugs it is the kindest words and simplest things that we do that mean the most. My godfather is bedridden so I sent him some chocolates at Christmas he loved them so much I sent him another box for the Chinese New Year.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
20 Feb 16
Oh yes, @ramasandra the value of anything you say or do, can mean so much to the recipient. Its therefore important that we make this a way of life and not something we reserve for a few.
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@Drosophila (16692)
• Ireland
20 Feb 16
And the timing :D
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
21 Feb 16
Certainly true @drosphila the timing in everything we say or do for someone is very important. Only then, can the message be more meaningful.
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@Drosophila (16692)
• Ireland
21 Feb 16
@Gabugs absolutely.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
21 Feb 16
@Drosophila Wish many folks could take the time to put this concept in practice to make our world a better place to live in.
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@tuttiharris (1342)
• Chattanooga, Tennessee
22 Feb 16
@Gabugs (686) I agree with you one hundred percent. And I really try my best to put my love in every relationship I am involved in and, family, friends, neighbors... all..and always welcome more. Friends, true friends, are precious
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
22 Feb 16
It looks like you are on the right track @tuttiharris I'm sure by doing so, you've enriched your life manifold. KUDOS!
@LadyDuck (188544)
• Switzerland
20 Feb 16
This is so true, this is also true for comment we leave in this site. Kind people are always the most appreciate.
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
20 Feb 16
You have certainly said it right @ladyduck I have always believed that kindness begets kindness. People do appreciate every little thing you do.
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