25 Simple Rules For Memorable Love and Relationships

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NEW YORK – True, falling in love is easy, but staying in love always needs lots of work, here is 25 Simple Ways to Improve Your Relationships at Work and Home.

1. Smile.

smile

Put a smile on your face and in your eyes, voice and heart as often as possible.

2. Make eye contact.

Make eye contact

Look people openly, warmly and squarely in the eye.

3. Open your body language.

body-language

While facing the person with whom you are talking, open your chest, your heart and your arms.

4. Address people by name.

Honor people by calling them by name as you greet them, give them thanks, ask a question or bid them farewell.

5. Speak with a friendly tone.

Speak with a friendly tone.

Warm your tone of voice with love and kindness.

6. Be present.

be present

Give your complete and undivided attention to others when they are speaking to you.

7. Express gratitude.

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Focus your attention on the goodness in others, verbalize all that you appreciate and give thanks.

8. Slow down.

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Breathe and gift yourself and others with time to properly address situations and transition from them.

9. Reflect empathy and compassion.

Reflect empathy and compassion

Honor people’s emotional experiences. Normalize and validate their feelings so they feel heard, known and understood.

10. Have integrity.

have integrity

Keep your word. Do what you say you are going to do. Live according to your values.

11. Have good manners.

Be polite, conscientious and gracious.

12. Demonstrate thoughtfulness.

Demonstrate thoughtfulness

Get out of your own head and be of service to others. Consider their feelings and experiences.

13. Give genuine compliments.

Give genuine compliments

Tell others their strengths, give positive feedback and express what you admire about them.

14. Give salutations.

Make the effort to open and close verbal and email interactions with a nice greeting or closure, rather than abruptly asking for something with neither a hello nor goodbye.

15. Be generous.

Be generous

Give and share whatever you can, whenever you can.

16. Be kind.

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Be the bigger person. Kindness is a choice.

17. Show compassion.

Demonstrate self-compassion by cutting yourself some slack extend this same compassion to others. Let go of criticism.

18. Be patient.

Be patient

Breathe and breathe out. Patience is a virtue. There is great value staying in the present moment and not hurrying our minds or bodies onto the next task.

19. Demonstrate self-awareness.

Consider how what you are saying will feel to them and how it will impact them. Notice the impact you have on others by paying attention to their facial expressions, tone and body language. Make adjustments accordingly.

20. Be truthful.

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The truth has different layers and sometimes the deepest layer is hurtful or inappropriate. Speak the truth from the deepest layer that is appropriate. Speak from a place of kindness.

21. Be reliable.

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Follow through with responsibilities and commitments with competency and effective communication.

22. Be forgiving.

Each time somebody else makes a mistake it is an opportunity for you to extend kindness and compassion. Let go of resentments that keep you tethered to the past.

23. Apologize.

Apologize

We are human and nobody is perfect. When you make a mistake, make an amend or extend a sincere and timely apology.

24. Take responsibility.

Drop the defensiveness and the excuses and accept responsibility for yourself, your actions and your behaviors.

25. Express love.

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Be open-minded and non-judgmental. Extend love to yourself and to others. Choose to be loving whenever possible — it is always possible.

About the author

Saher Afshan

Saher Afshan is a Pakistani Journalist and web producer of PakistanTribe.com. She has a good experience of working in Pakistan's mainstream print and broadcasting media. Saher writes on current, social and Islamabad's affair for both PakistanTribe English and Urdu.

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