Self-Improvement Tips for Enhancing Your Relationships
5 Ways to Behave More Maturely in Your Relationships
by J.M. Troppello
Relationships are part of life. You can try to avoid them, but unless you decide to isolate yourself like a recluse, you will have to interact with people each day. It can be hard dealing with some people who annoy you. There may be people in your family who drive you crazy. Sure, you should remove yourself from toxic relationships.
However, God created people to crave interaction with others. People have different personalities and love languages. Yet, one simple fact remains—people want to connect with others. This article shares 5 ways that you can behave more maturely in your relationships with others.
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (I Thess. 5:11, NKJV)
1. Develop Emotional Maturity
Developing emotional maturity is so important to cultivating positive relationships with all people that you encounter daily. I have recommended these three books many times before. Read The DNA of Relationships by Dr. Gary Smalley, The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman, and Deadly Emotions by Dr. Don Colbert.
Learn how to increase your emotional intelligence (IQ) level, understand personalities so you can interact better with others, and learn the different love languages so you can become better at cultivating positive and productive relationships.
2. Be Mindful Daily
Take time daily to reset your mindset. I start my day reading God’s Word and praying. When I do yoga, I don’t go down the rabbit trail of chants and mantras. However, I use that time as a mediation on God and Bible verses. I recite memorized Bible verses to myself throughout the day as needed. I try to embrace each moment and am learning to take the time to relax and breathe more deeply.
3. Follow Your Passions
Do things you are passionate about. When you are happy in life, you can interact better with other people. Living a fulfilled life usually results in more positive and productive relationships in your life. Lift others up. Don’t tear them down.
4. Feed Your Spirit
Focus on feeding your spirit and not your fleshly desires. Read the Bible daily, pray, and worship the Lord. Ask God to soften your heart so that your interactions with others can be more loving, encouraging, and Godly.
5. Think Outside the Box
If you’ve been experiencing negative relationships with others, take a step back and try to gain a new perspective on the issues. Evaluate your role in the conflict. Think outside the box and identify if there are new ways that you can connect with the person. You may need to step outside your comfort zone and that’s okay. I don’t usually like stepping outside my comfort zone. However, whenever I have, good things usually came from that step of faith.
Enhance Your Relationships Today
How are the relationships in your life? If you want to enhance those relationships, stop thinking of ways to change the other person. Focus on something that you can change—yourself. Ask God to open your eyes during this journey of personal discovery.
Develop emotional maturity
Be mindful daily
Follow your passions
Feed your spirit
Think outside the box
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Eph. 4:29, NJV)
You can make a positive and productive impact on others in your inner circle of family and friends—and even with random strangers that you meet—simply by working on your own personal growth and development.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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