Why nuturing your relationships is the key to happiness.

It’s a fact. The quality of your relationships is one of the strongest predictors of happiness.

If you surround yourself with people who love and support you, you are much more likely to live a happy and fulfilled life.

But what if your relationships are not as loving as you would like?

When I was researching Roadtesting Happiness I interviewed a number of relationships experts including Petrea King.

What I learnt from them was that expectations play a large role in our relationships.

We often project our wants and needs on to those around us, then we can be disappointed when people we love don’t measure up.

So what are the best ways to cultivate strong, healthy relationships?

* Treat those around you with respect is important. Keep the lines of communication open with those you love. No one is a mind reader. If something is important to you, tell your partner and don’t assume they know what’s going on in your mind.

* Learn to forgive. None of us are perfect. If you have had disagreements with your loved ones and family, forgive and move on. Letting go of anger and resentment will help you become happier. I read something once where it talked about forgiveness and it said you can forgive the person but you don’t have to condone the behaviour.

* Express gratitude and thanks for those around you. Being thankful will help you focus on the positive and the good in your life.

* Find activities that connect you to those around you, whether it’s cooking, golf or tennis. Doing activities that engage you will make you happier and keep you close to your loved ones.

Thanks for reading. If you want to learn more about improving your relationships, buy Roadtesting Happiness.

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