PHRASES THAT HELP ENRICH OUR RELATIONSHIPS

 

I'LL BE THERE

Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give.  When we are truly present for other people, important things happen to them and to us.  We are renewed by love and friendship.  We are restored emotionally and spiritually.  'Being there' is at the very core of respect and acceptance.

 

I MISS YOU

Many marriages could be salvaged and strengthened if couples simply and sincerely said to each other, "I miss you.”  This powerful affirmation tells partners they are wanted, needed, desired and loved.

 

I RESPECT YOU

Respect is a way of showing love.  Respect conveys that we look at the other person as a true equal.  It is a powerful way to affirm the importance of a relationship.

 

MAYBE YOU'RE RIGHT

This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument and restoring frayed emotions.  The flip side of "maybe you're right" is the humility of admitting, "maybe I'm wrong."

 

PLEASE FORGIVE ME

Many broken relationships can be restored and healed if people admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness.  We are all vulnerable to faults, foibles and failures.  Never be ashamed to own up to being wrong, as this simply indicates that you are wiser today than you were yesterday.

 

I THANK YOU

Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy.  People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don't take daily courtesies for granted.  They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness.  On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

 

COUNT ON ME

"A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.”  Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship; it is the emotional glue that bonds people.  Those who are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true friends.  When troubles come, a good friend is there, indicating, "you can count on me”.

 

LET ME HELP

The best of friends see a need and try to fill it.  When they spot a hurt, they do what they can to heal it.  Without being asked, they pitch in and help.

 

I UNDERSTAND YOU

People become closer and enjoy each other more if they feel accepted and understood.  Letting others know in many little ways that we understand them is one of the most powerful tools for healing our relationships.

 

GO FOR IT

Some friends may be non-conformists, have unique projects and unusual hobbies.  Support them in pursuing their interests.  Rather than urging your loved ones to conform, encourage their uniqueness - everyone has dreams that no one else has.

 

I LOVE YOU

The phrase we all know about and often don’t use enough.