Having good relationships is not only important for our health and happiness – it can also make us feel more fulfilled.
Fulfilling relationships are those where we often have interactions that are meaningful, uplifting and that leave us feeling a strong connection with the other person.
Cultivating more of these interactions can be as simple as becoming aware of any positive thoughts you might have about another person, and then sharing that thought with them.
Sharing your positive thought will not only make them feel uplifted and more appreciative of you and your relationship, it will also leave you, the person who initiated the interaction, with a sense of fulfillment, happiness and satisfaction.
Getting started today:
Recall something positive that happened in the last 24 hours that involved another person.
E.g. Having a good laugh with my sister when I was talking to her on the phone.
What was it that you specifically liked/appreciated about this experience?
E.g. It instantly lifted my mood after I have had a difficult day and was not feeling great about myself.
Share this with the person. Tell it to them in person, leave them a note, sent them a text.
Eg. I so appreciate your ability to make me laugh, even when I am in a terrible mood. Talking to you always makes me feel lighter, brighter and happier.
This strategy is wonderful for strengthening and nurturing our relationships with the people close to us like our partners, kids, family and friends.
It is however also something we can do with strangers e.g. telling the barista when you think the coffee they made you that morning was exceptional.
Experiencing a positive, authentic interaction like this with another person, whether you know them or not, will always leave you with a sense of fulfillment.