RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST

INTRODUCTION

The relationships we build enrich our lives like nothing else. No amount of money or possessions can add to our happiness in a way close bonds with others can. But how can we ensure that they develop and are maintained to be healthy and strong?

STRENGTHENING YOUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

✓ Practice living by the golden rule

✓ Do family responsibilities together

✓ Have family meetings

✓ Limit time with electronics

✓ Schedule family time

✓ Practice spiritual wellness

✓ Eat together

✓ Volunteer together

✓ Complement each other

✓ Think first, speak second

STRENGTHENING YOUR FRIENDSHIPS

✓ Spend quality time together

✓ Don’t neglect connecting

✓ Celebrate in their good fortune

✓ Encourage their dreams

✓ Enjoy new activities together

✓ Support them

✓ Limit your expectations

✓ Forgive their faults

✓ Don’t take them for granted

✓ Pay attention to signs

✓ See things from their perspective

✓ Build memories

✓ Little things count

STRENGTHENING YOUR WORK RELATIONSHIPS

✓ Avoid gossip

✓ Manage your boundaries

✓ Be appreciative

✓ Don’t interrupt

✓ Be clear about expectations

✓ Develop emotional intelligence

✓ Build mutual respect

✓ Let it set… but not fester

✓ Encourage open communication

STRENGTHENING YOUR ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP

✓ Focus on giving, not getting

✓ Develop love for yourself

✓ Own up to your shortcomings

✓ Form a partnership

✓ Learn to love the ordinary

✓ Show affection

✓ Don’t try to “fix” the other person

✓ Let go of expectations

✓ Make together time a priority

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