All of life's experiences are enhanced when shared with friends and family. These seven steps of a good relationship will help regain and strengthen ties to loved ones.

Improve Relationships

The joys and pains of relationships are never as pronounced as during Holiday periods. With Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, use these seven steps as building blocks to strengthen your relationships. You'll have a more satisfying and joyous Holiday period, and so will those close to you.

Although the approaching Holidays provide an immediate incentive, there are also long term benefits to be gained. Reputable studies show a strong correlation between happiness and high quality relationships. It's therefore in our best interests to nurture and build strong relationships for this Holiday season and beyond.

From many articles and studies of the characteristics of strong relationships we can distill the following list of seven important steps or components; think of these as relationship building blocks.
Commitment
Freedom
Respect
Support
Equality
Healthy conflict resolution
Trust

Committed Relationship

Fundamental to a strong relationship is commitment. Commitment to making the relationship strong and healthy is the foundation on which it can grow. Relationships take work. They take effort. Like life itself, relationships are dynamic, ever changing because we are ever changing. A strong relationship requires continuous nurturing, and that takes commitment.

Commitment to the relationship means unconditionally caring about maintaining and improving the relationship, even during times of anger or disappointment. There may be times when you aren't even sure you like the other person, but if you're committed you'll spend the effort to sustain the relationship during tough times.
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Note from Jerry Lopper (Author)
Personal Development

After many years of engineering and technology management experience, I now focus on the field of personal growth and development. I’ve published five books, am the Personal Development Topic Editor at Suite101, publish my own PurposefulGrowth blog, frequently present at workshops and expos on personal growth topics, and offer Life Balance and Life Purpose personal and group coaching.