3 Useful Tips to Have Meaningful Relationships

And it’s not just about romantic ones

Be Vulnerable

In psychology, there is a theory called the Johari Window Model. In a nutshell, the model explains the self and its perception on others with four elements: Open Area (known to others and self), Blind Spot (known to others but not known to self), Hidden Area (not known to others but known to self), and finally Unknown (Not known to others and self). And this model can be used to understand dynamics in a group and cultivate better relationships.

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Have Meaningful Conversations

In a Ted Talk called 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation, Celeste Headlee suggests having conversations like journalists do. Ask open-ended questions instead of yes/no. Ask them what that event made them feel. Even if they never thought of how the experience was, you’ll give them a chance to think about it and share it with you.

Don’t Be Afraid of Showing Them You Care About Them

In today’s world, we all became very cool. When dating we play games. We wait for them to call or message us while we’re dying to talk to them. When not dating we play games too. We hide our feelings from friends. We don’t share when we have trouble with them, or we don’t tell them enough that we’re supporting them unconditionally. We show our care to others on social media but when we talk to them face to face, we don’t have the same engagement as we wished. Because we keep a distance.

Final Thoughts

Having meaningful relationships require us to look at ourselves and how we communicate with others through objectivity.

Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Freelance writer whose passion is to empower others through mindfulness. IG: @begumerol_

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