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All of us have relationships of different degrees with the people around us. While we might be able to feel instantly connected with a few people, there might be a few with whom we don't feel that connection. 

Research studies the world over have shown that people who have a good social support - friends and family - tend to live longer and healthier lives. Our relationships help us deal with stressful life events; in fact, just knowing that there is a friend to turn to in times of need helps reduce stress and enhance coping. However, one cannot wait for crisis to strike to start building strong and meaningful relationships! Relationships take time and effort and an investment of one's emotions as well. 

One might not always have the luxury of time to focus on nurturing relationships. However, with some simple but thoughtful steps, we can ensure that life doesn't come in the way of our relationships. 

Here's how we can nurture and build meaningful relationships 

Meet people 
When you open up to more opportunities to meet new people, the chances of meeting someone like-minded would be higher. It could be the beginning of a long-lasting strong friendship. Many people do hesitate to attend parties/gatherings where they know only few people. But learning strategies to be more comfortable in such situations can help. 

Keeping in touch is very important - send emails, call once in a while, send an occasional card or just SMS and let them know they are remembered! When life gets busy, priorities change and things come in the way, simple steps to remain in touch helps maintain if not strengthen old bonds. 

Be yourself 
Many times we may find ourselves trying to be different when in the company of certain people. Most people do this so that they are liked and accepted by others. But the truth is that this façade cant last for long and one feels disconnected and drained out by all the energy that goes in to being different. By opening up your true self, you are more likely to find a trustworthy and like-minded person. 

Respect and Support 
Relationships require a listening ear - it is important to respect your friend's point of view, to support and praise them, admire their achievements, while ignoring failures and imperfections. Pride, they say, doesn't have a place between friends - apologize for your mistakes and forgive theirs! 

Be Flexible 
In the hustle and bustle of life, being flexible is always important for maintaining relationships. People may have to suddenly change plans; if there is something you have been looking forward to for a long time, being flexible helps one cope effectively with disappointment without much regret. 

Handle conflicts effectively 
Conflicts are inevitable in all relationships and must be resolved effectively. It is worth the effort and time to confront and talk things out with each other and give yourself time to cool off before you rejuvenate the relationship. Things do get back to normal again. 

Don't keep score 
Ask not what a friend can do for you; ask what you can do for your friend! Give to others regardless of how much they give to you. Relationships strengthen when one can be sure that they can rely on the other. 

It might not be easy to incorporate all these into our lives. A few of these steps might mean that we first identify what stops us from taking them and working through those blocks. Discussing these with a counsellor can help. 

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Latest Comments

mad900 on 15 Feb 2023, 15:44 PM

Humans are meaning making and social creatures, thus it is important to build meaningful relationships around us. - Madhav

Suchismita_ on 07 Nov 2022, 12:44 PM

Simple and helpful

rakeshs619 on 06 Dec 2021, 18:37 PM

nice content

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skrj on 29 Aug 2020, 12:22 PM

Good Point ..

dpd1996 on 05 Aug 2020, 16:02 PM

Good one :)

695068 on 27 Dec 2019, 18:09 PM

From my personal experience, I think it would be great if all these 7 points were done on oneself first

Simmar on 26 Dec 2019, 13:11 PM

This was very good...Simple and to the point

Thanks Team

deepakgupta3387 on 05 Dec 2019, 15:04 PM

Nice article. Short and crisp!