Relationships is January’s value of the month at Functional Pathways and it is a vital part of our lives. A normal day will involve numerous interactions between us, our co-workers, residents, customers, friends, and our loved ones. This interaction takes place where we live, work, socialize and wherever we perform routine tasks.
Communication skills are critical for building healthy relationships, especially when we realize that the most common causes of relational breakdown is a lack of communication. Just as communication can be the most important part of any relationship, arguments and hurtful words can be the most destructive. The closer we are to someone, the easier it is to bruise or be bruised. It’s not always what we say, but rather how we say it, that can be the most hurtful to others.
As you look at your relationships in your personal or work life, you need to be able to break old and faulty communication patterns to allow for healthier interaction. The use of praise and positive reinforcement will help mend wounded and broken self-images and will build self-esteem. By becoming an effective communicator, you will also grow and become a better person which will positively enhance all of your relationships.