Looking Ahead with Lauren: How to Nurture Your Relationships

good-relationshipsRelationships are not always easy. We all have many different types of relationships and people in our lives. We may have parents, grandparents, siblings, extended family, significant other or spouse, friends, best friends, co-workers, etc. I’ve always had an easy time making friends and enjoy the company of lots of different types of people. I find that I do act different around different people. With people I am totally comfortable with, such as my boyfriend or parents, I am very goofy and caring yet around people I don’t know as well I can be more introverted and shy. I think we are all this way in a sense.

So how do you make sure to nurture all of these different types of relationships without wearing yourself thin? Here are some of the tips I like to abide by to keep all of my relationships sailing smoothly:

1. Be there! Spending time with the people you love is the best way to show that you care. Even if it is only a monthly dinner with a friend, make sure you see that person every once in a while. If it is someone that is closer to you, such as a significant other or spouse, more time is definitely needed.

2. Show that you care with more than your time. I like to send cards around the holidays or just because. If a friend is going through a breakup or rough time, buying them a little gift is always nice. Do things that you would appreciate someone doing for you.

3. Do things for your friends or family that you necessarily wouldn’t do. If your friend needs you to drive her somewhere, do it. Making these small sacrifices for each other is what relationships are all about – compromise.

4. Treat those you love with the respect you want in return. These are easy to remember but not always easy to practice: be kind, be honest, be truthful and do unto others as you would want them to do to you. You wouldn’t want your mother lying to you, so don’t lie to her!

What do you do to ensure great relationships? Spread some love and kindness this holiday season!

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