5 Tools to Maintain Healthy Relationships

Relationships = commitment + work. There are many tools you can use to make that work easier and more rewarding. Check out these five important tools you can use to stay committed to your friends, family, or significant other.

1. Positivity

Positivity is a way of thinking that includes a broad range of positive emotions, like joy, gratitude, curiosity, hope, and adventure. Practicing positivity opens you to new relationships and experiences.

Stay positive

2. Openness

People with high levels of openness are more likely to have healthy communication and consider thoughts and opinions different from their own. This doesn’t mean you have to change your values or your boundaries.

You just need to listen with the intention of understanding the other person.

Dog with a listening ear

3. Assurances

Regularly show the other person that you care, are there for them, and value the relationship. Show them with actions and words. Remember, this should NEVER mean doing something that makes you uncomfortable, like drinking, using drugs, or having sex.

Girl hugging her mom

4. Social Networks

Get to know some of the important people in your friend or partner’s life. While it’s important to maintain your own independence, it’s also good to have some friends in common and regularly hang out together.

Group hug

5. Sharing Tasks

Sharing tasks means dividing up responsibilities to help each other out.

You could do the dishes if someone else makes dinner. What other tasks might you do for those you care about?

Teamwork makes the dream work

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