Relationships are hard. Whether we're talking about friendships, family relationships, or romantic relationships, they all come with both good and not-so-good moments. The good moments come with laughs, fun times, and positive vibes while the tough ones come with negative vibes, uncomfortable conversations, and a ton of not seeing eye to eye.

Of the two situations which would you rather be in?

I think it's safe to say that most (if not all) of us prefer to be on good terms with the people that we care for!

While it's not always possible to be peaches n' creme with every single person in your life for the rest of time, if you act with respect toward your partner, friends, and family - i'd say that's definitely a good place to start.

However, respect is not all it takes. You should also make efforts to put yourself in the other persons shoes when in disagreement. Many of us have a hard time doing this.

In an ideal world, we would like to be 100% correct all of the time and be capable of doing no wrong. This is not usually the case though.

The only way to come to a point of understanding is by becoming open-minded and empathetic toward the opposing view.

Finally, you must be willing to admit when you are wrong.

Many times our pride gets the best of us, and this is often the cause of the end of our favorite couples, friendships, etc. Fight against this habit. In times of uncertainty ask yourself and others around you for advice on whether you are right or wrong. Accept when it is clear that you are in the wrong. On the other hand, be gracious when you are right.

Above all, your commitment to your relationships must be stronger than your desire to win or be right.

Put together, as a whole the gestures mentioned above can be characterized by two words: emotional intelligence

This is the trait that undoubtedly makes for better relationships.

Developing your emotional intelligence is a doable endeavor. All it takes is consistently practicing respect, empathy, and admitting your wrongs during the trying times in your relationships.

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Jen H.

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