The holidays are filled with surprise gifts, delicious food, and cherished time with loved ones. However, the holidays can also present some relationship challenges. Fortunately, there are some proven strategies that can support all of us through this joyous time.
First, keep conversations both genuine and caring. Engage others and be accepting of their positions, even if they differ from your own. Show curiosity about loved ones lives by listening. Have a few good stories to share in the event the conversation lags.
Sometimes at gatherings of family and friends, past issues come up. Do not rehash anger or blame. Instead, diffuse and even forgive if appropriate. Finally, acknowledge and appreciate your loved ones. Show gratitude for the role they play in your life through a thoughtful gift. If you celebrate Christmas then be prepared with extra gifts for unexpected guests or someone you may have forgotten during this hectic time of year.
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4 Relationship Tips for the Holidays