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The Key Ingredients to Stronger Human Relationships

Date Created: 26/02/2020

The timeless hot topic of human relationships is something that concerns every single human being at some point in life, without any exceptions. Whether you’re an outgoing, an introverted, an aggressive or a calm individual you can’t mockingly state that making new or maintaining old relationships is none of your business. We’re all dependent on others, aren’t we?

And it’s pretty obvious that when we talk about relationships it isn’t just about a man and woman feel attracted to each other, or a father and a son getting along during tough times of adolescence. There are a thousand different types of interactions. From being a toddler in kindergarten to being a young university student or to being a middle-aged corporate businessman; we all interact and create impressions towards anyone around us. Life is fundamentally affected by how much you smile, how loudly you talk, how confident you look, how you react whenever facing adversity and so on. 

Fortunately, or perhaps, unfortunately at some point in life, all of us have wondered how things could be better when it comes to either making superficial impressions or forming deeper bonds. And no matter what type of person you are, what you like and what you don’t like and how you’ve been viewed so far in life; if you’re looking for something better in terms of improving your relationships, you can find some practices to make use of.

To put things into perspective, here are a few things that, if done well, they can have a true impact on your interpersonal reality.

1. Accept differences and imperfections

Let’s start by saying that each person in this world has some genetic information as far as DNA is concerned, has also had impressions during baby times, has been brought up in a specific way by parents and occasionally might have had some more serious stimuli at some point. 

Being a person who constantly thinks everyone else looks bad, you can no way look good to others, right? You must accept the fact that people are who they are for reasons they probably couldn’t control, just like you. 

Think about it easily. You wouldn’t like it if for some reason you were looking for a little help and no one ever cared because you’re different from them. 

So, your first step is realizing that there’s a beauty in exploring other stranger or unusual traits which are absent in yourself. Every, literally every single human is never a hundred percent the same as you and is not perfect.

2. Give people attention and receive some attention back

By listening carefully, and more importantly, by caring about others’ problems you don’t just make room for building respect with them, but also for making some of those interactions deeper than what they’re supposed to be.  

Putting just a little bit of effort and sharing your time when someone’s talking to you when you don’t care that much is not that much of a big deal. Simply listening will ensure that at least you’ll have one more person positively seeing you. 

Always remember that receiving attention from your closest people is usually guaranteed, but receiving attention from other individuals that are not-so-close is because you’ve probably done something good.

If you’re ever in the search of help or you just want to share thoughts about your problems you may find support from people you spoke to when you didn’t care, and that’s a big step. 

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3. Don’t see solitude negatively

Whenever there’s no real need to socialize you can and should save some time for yourself. If bumping into people happens all the time, it may be a negative thing, right? 

You surely shouldn’t think that being alone is by default harmful. Simply talking to yourself at times does not only help you understand your personality, but it also maintains balance in your relationships within your social environment. It means you’re strong enough to not always need another human being’s company. And if you’re the one not giving your inner self the deserved attention, it means no one else will. 

Solitude is not a problem you must fix. As long as it doesn’t happen 24/7 it’s healthy. 

4. Distinguish profound from superficial relationships

Treating everyone well shouldn’t be the same as putting everyone in the same basket. 

You have to accept that there are those important and those not-so-important individuals. Your family, your girlfriend or boyfriend and your close friends would do profound things for your benefit and happiness. People you occasionally have fun with won’t necessarily sacrifice stuff for you, just like you wouldn’t for them.  

So, without downgrading the levels of your attention towards less-important individuals for you, put some priorities and make a distinction about what you give and how you share time. 

5. Learn from past mistakes 

As time goes by, as you grow older and as you learn more about people’s personalities, you’ll be able to understand a bit more what they like, what bothers them and what makes them happy.

Actions that you’ve labelled as mistakes shouldn’t keep haunting you and making you feel sorry. They should work as a guide for your future actions and relationships. 

Sometimes we all fail to make a clear distinction between something being good only for our benefit, but not for others’.

So, always see all of your disliked actions as a milestone for something better and not as something to get angry or sad about.

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6. Don’t be too harsh when you criticize yourself

When being in solitariness and thinking about past mistakes come together, they should work productively for good self-criticism as opposed to a constant self-blaming, haunting experience.

Even if you never receive any negative reactions from other individuals, you should take some time to think about what you do daily and decide on what you do well, what you don’t and what you need to improve based on your understanding. 

Of course, there are those cases in which you know you’re not the one who’s being wrong in negative interactions, but this is what takes strength; to accept others’ incapableness and at the same time look deep enough into yourself to find a solution you can bring even if it’s not your fault.

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7. Put yourself in others’ shoes

As a final, but probably, most important step, seeing yourself in other people around you won’t just be effective for forming stronger human relationships, but also for making you a better all-around person. 

This is deep enough to cover every other single ingredient in the process of getting along on all social levels. If a deeper connection is what you’re looking for, you surely have to at least, try to understand how others feel, how they think and what they’re satisfied with. 

Put yourself in other people’s shoes, give enough attention wherever needed, see how you can change things on your side, be ok with other people criticizing you; and you’ll see that forming closer relationships is truly a beneficial and, more importantly, a beautiful aspect of life.

Always keep in mind that a happier human being is for sure more pleasant than a grim one. 

In One Team, we truly believe in strong human relationships between both us and our clients, but also between all members of our cooperative team. For us, it all starts from there.

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