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How To Prioritize Healthy Relationships In Time For The New Year

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We’re in full throttle of the holiday season, and with Christmas next week and 2013 a mere two weeks away – it’s safe to say that everyone’s re-evaluating all types of relationships this season.  If you’re not, then might I suggest taking this time to evaluate each interpersonal relationship that you currently have in your life.   Relationships between you and your family, friends, business relationships and even romantic relationships can be tricky all year round… and when unaddressed unhealthy relationships begin to affect other relationships in our lives?  Watch out! Check out this sneak peek clip of this week’s Mary Mary episode below…

 

Recently, I got the chance to check out a full sneak peek of  this week’s episode of Mary Mary on WeTV and I realized that no matter what phase of life you’re in, the holidays are always a great time to prioritize healthy relationships in all areas of your life, just in time for the new year.

 

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Need help figuring out what you can do today?  Check out a few tips on creating & prioritizing healthy relationships in your life below…

 

TIP 1:  Take responsibility for your own happiness. Save yourself unnecessary hours of arguing by remembering this one rule: it’s not up to anyone else to make you happy. Sure, you can choose to be in a relationship with this person and derive joy and happiness from it, but it’s not anyone’s responsibility to dig you out of a pitty-party pit every day. Remember that everyday, and you’re well on your way to enjoying happy & healthier relationships into the new year.

 

TIP 2:  Devote time to each other. Make spending time with your partner or important people in your life a priority, even if it’s a little inconvenient at first. Relationships need shared experiences to grow, and you’re demonstrating that nurturing yours is important to you.  Trying to develop stronger working relationships, use networking opportunities and invest time in nurturing the relationship.  (The same goes for interpersonal relationships as well.)

 

TIP 3:  Develop better communication. Most people aren’t born great communicators — it’s something nearly everyone has to work at.  Relay your expectations. If you expect your partner to do something, say it. Don’t expect that he or she should read your mind, and don’t rely on hints. Being clear about what you want gives your partner a fair shot at succeeding.  Say “please” and “thank you.” You should be able to let loose around your partner, so there’s no need to worry about having impeccable manners all the time.

 

Balancing healthy family and business relationships doesn’t take holidays or vacations.  Curating a variety of great relationships in your life takes time and plenty of designated efforts – but during this season of reflection, remembering to take just a few extra steps could lead you into the new year and beyond with host of healthy relationships.

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s situations like these that the three-time Grammy® award-winning gospel duo Erica and Tina Campbell face in Season 2 of WE tv’s hit series Mary Mary as they balance being recording artists, mothers, and wives. MARY MARY premieres Thursday, December 6 at 10|9c and moves to its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 9|8c, beginning December 13. Watch a sneak peek here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.

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