Five Lessons to Enhance Your Relationships

By WEEK Producer

September 5, 2012 Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM CDT

Dr. Joy Miller is here with 5 lessons that you can use to enhance and build your relationships.

A study was done in Psychology Today and these are the top five life lessons.

Life Lesson of Acceptance: The only one you can fix is yourself. How many people say they want to change their spouse or significant other? When you realize that the only one you can change is yourself, you will discover the end to anxiety, arguments, and frustrations. Healthy changes occur when you realize that you may have to accept that others may have a different way of doing things and accepting that YOU are the only one who can change.

Life Lesson of Parenting: If you want to help your child become strong and confident you will need to give them the room to learn to find their own answers and solutions. Parents need to let their children achieve their own goals and it is important to be there for your child, but not do everything for them.

Life Lesson of Mates: They may say that opposites attract, but research shows that someone who holds your values and beliefs will probably be a better for you in the long run. But, finding someone who is a little different might help you stretch and expand. Romantic success typically is found when two people have shared personality traits, economic backgrounds and closeness in age and shared values and beliefs.

Life lesson of Health: Friendships matter and are critical for your well-being and longevity. Supportive friends can boost your health-in fact people with active social lives and friendships were 50% less prone to die of any cause over non-social counterparts.

Life Lesson of Love: Enduring relationships are built on a deep bond created through time and devotion. Romantic love tends to be highly emotional and last for about 1 ½ years and after that the deep love develops. We see the person for who they are without illusion and commit ourselves to the real person for a lasting connection.

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