All successful relationships have common characteristics. This is true whether the
relationship is romantic, work-related, casual, or familial. Relationships are more
stable and satisfying when all parties are on the same page. Communication is always a
key element of healthy relationships, but there are additional important factors.
Practice these ideas in all of your relationships:

1. Accept responsibility. Forget about 50-50. Take full responsibility for your
relationships. Relationships require regular attention and adjustment. Are you
giving your relationships the time and maintenance needed to ensure success?

2. Be reliable. Regardless of the type of relationship, reliability is a key
component. It’s imperative that you can be trusted and relied upon. The
importance of trust and reliability can’t be overstated.
Do you always keep your word? Can others count on you? Do others
believe what you say? Relationships can’t survive without mutual trust.

If you’ve been unreliable in the past, make a sincere effort to be 100%
reliable going forward.

3. Forgive easily. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has bad days. Every
person you know will hurt your feelings or let you down at some point. But it’s
okay, since you’ll invariably do the same sometime.
Every type of relationship has its rough spots. If you’re unable to forgive
and forget, the relationship is forever tainted. No one is perfect, so allow yourself and others to be human.

4. Listen. Communication is key, and quality communication can’t take place
without giving the other person your full attention. Turn off the television and
close your laptop. Give others in your relationships the time they need to
communicate with you.
When they’re finished speaking, clarify anything that isn’t clear. Then feel
free to speak.

5.Communicate your needs. Let others know what you need and expect from
them. Most disagreements in all types of relationships are the result of
someone’s expectations being violated. It’s not weak to speak up and make your
needs known. It’s assertive.
Many of us expect others to read our minds and behave in a certain way.
This is unfair and ineffective.

6. Mind your tongue. It only takes a few seconds to say something that requires
years to undo. If you tend to say harsh things in the heat of the moment, learn to
take a pause before saying anything further. Ten seconds of keeping your mouth
closed could eliminate a lot of your relationship drama.

7. Accept. A person’s “flaws” are usually here to stay. Your ability to overlook and
accept the other person’s shortcomings is necessary for any relationship. That’s
not to say that you should overlook the fact that someone is a serial killer, but a
relationship will be a source of grief without acceptance.

8. Regularly evaluate your relationships. You wouldn’t drive your car without
looking at the gas gauge every once in a while. Take the same attitude with your
relationships. Ask yourself how each of your relationship is doing and take the
necessary steps to strengthen them.

Rewarding relationship enrich our lives in countless ways. The quality of our
relationships affects our happiness and success. Relationships require analysis and
attention to thrive. Review your relationship and find ways to enhance them. Be
strong enough to forgive and communicate your needs.

Relationships can be complicated, but they make life worth living.