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Relationships are incredibly complex. Not only are they are made up of years of memories, experiences and interactions, they also involve layers of complex emotions and motives.
The good news is that most aspects of our relationships don’t have to be complicated. The brief moments and small gestures are often what matters most in the dynamic between two people. Yes, it’s the little things that matter the most.
If you want to see improvements in your relationships, take two minutes our of each day and put these simple relationship building tips in motion.
It’s far too easy to get off to a bad start in the morning with family members. Comments like “Get down here and eat your breakfast” or “We’re late! Let’s go!” aren’t exactly bursting with love. Try to make your first interaction of the day a positive one. A simple “good morning” can go a long way. If you are in charge of waking others up, do so with gentle tone or even a kiss.
Do you have moments of down time in our day? Send a text to a love one during the mundane moments while you’re waiting in line at the store or using the microwave. Sending a quick text to let them know you are thinking of them can go a long way.
You don’t have to be Shakespeare to write a note. You also don’t beautiful stationery. A post-it note on the table that says “Love you!” is perfectly sufficient. You could also leave the note on the bathroom mirror or the fridge for the loved one to find. If you want to put in extra effort, write out a short note expressing gratitude for someone and drop it in the mail.
Even brief moments of physical affection can greatly improve your relationships. It lets the other person know you care and helps you connect with them. This can include a quick kiss, a warm hug, a pat on the back or a minute of snuggling.
Are you stopping for coffee? Buy a second cup for your special someone. Are you making yourself a snack? Whip up something for them too. Did you discover a great bargain? Let your friend know about it or buy one for them too. These small selfless acts are incredible building blocks for relationships.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but the spoken word can truly be priceless. Don’t wait for the next Hallmark card occasion to express gratitude or love. When you’re watching TV with your spouse, tell your spouse you are glad to be married to them. Tell your child you are proud of them, on a day when nothing significant has happened. Acknowledge a positive change you’ve seen in someone. You could change someone’s day and make a huge impact on your relationship with just one sentence.
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