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8 TRAITS THAT BUILD A STRESS FREE RELATIONSHIP

Can you imagine a stress free relationship? It’s darn near impossible to live in today’s world without having multiple connections of various “shapes and sizes.”

HERE ARE 8 TRAITS TO HELP BUILD A STRESS FREE RELATIONSHIP:

1. SELF-ESTEEM

The #1 most important relationship a person will ever have is with themselves.

The understanding of one’s values and their pursuit, leads to their belief and experience that “I can do it!”

Developing self-esteem is fundamental to a stress free relationship. Without it, one will often seek dependence on others, financial security, and settle for far less than a happy, healthy partnership.

For more strategies on developing a happier you, check out our previous Think By Design seminar here: https://beverlychiro.wpengine.com/blog/think-design-strategies-happier/

2. HONESTY

When you can trust your partner it removes a ton of anxiety and stress from any relationship.

It’s normal to desire emotional security. When it’s missing, it can evolve into jealous and destructive behavior.

However, when honesty is the norm, you acquire a great deal of comfort and peace. Because you know that you can be yourself and not risk the emotional trauma associated with someone close purposely attempting to deceive you.

3. EMPATHY

Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, teaches the first habit as “Seek first to understand.”

That’s a fantastic practical application of empathy.

It’s amazing how often and how quick we are to judge others. How quickly we formulate an opinion about them in our minds without actually knowing what they may be experiencing or have experienced.

Maybe they had the most terrible day of their lives…would that change the way you communicate with someone? Would you be more forgiving of behavior you might deem inappropriate otherwise?

It’s not to say we need to accept hurtful comments or aggression. Only that attempting to first understand someone’s situation or feelings creates a very different basis for healthy communication.

4. OPENNESS

One primal desire in relationships is a feeling of connectedness. That can ONLY consistently happen through a willingness to be open.

Sharing your thoughts and feelings, as well as being able to discuss them in a composed manner, goes a long way to building a stress free relationship.

5. INTEGRITY

Saying what you mean and meaning what you say.  Integrity is the day-to-day application of honesty.

When you tell your partner you’re going to be home for dinner but you don’t show up, you eat away at the trust and security necessary for happiness.

It may seem like a trivial example with a small impact. Yet, if repeated over and over, and in different situations, the deterioration is accelerated.

The same is entirely true in reverse. Every time you mean what you say and follow through, there’s an accumulation of stability and well-being in a partnership.

6. RESPECT

How do you treat each other on a daily basis?

Respect is reflected by how you interact, by how much you value each other’s opinions and even by how well you fight “fair” in the communication of differing beliefs, ideas and viewpoints.

Listening, speaking with words of encouragement, appreciation and gratitude are all powerful strategies to grow feelings of respect among partners.

7. POSITIVITY

A core principle in the Life By Design Blueprint is to focus on what’s strong, not what’s wrong.

Most relationship advice centers on what NOT to do. Stop nagging, pick up your clothes, I hate when you….

The happiest couples have discovered the secret that success comes from paying more attention on what TO do.

Sending a loving text, apologizing, buying flowers, planning a special evening, saying thank you…

The list of what we can do to bring a positive vibe into the relationship is only as limited as your eagerness to give it a try.

8. RATIONALITY

In simple terms, rationality means that reality exists and using logic, not emotion, is the ideal form of acquiring knowledge to use as a basis for our words and actions.

Rationality is taking responsibility for one’s activities and not transferring accountability to our emotions or any other outside factor.

Although rationality may seem like an “out of place” trait to build stress free relationships, it’s actually the most important of all!

What type of relationship do you want? Are you willing to do the work for a stress free relationship, or will it be groundhog day all over again?

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