Authenticity in relationships is vital for a healthy relationship with your friends, partner, and yourself. Building a more present and emotionally attuned relationship will help you form long-lasting and more rewarding relationships. Every relationship has its ups and downs, so it is good to have an open conversation, even checking in with your friend or partner, to ensure no underlying negativing building in the friendship. It is also worth remembering that we tend to hurt those closest to us, so be aware of your words and try not to attack the other person if you are unhappy or upset. If you can put out the fire before it engulfs you both, then you will be able to speak calmly and less harmfully.

Sometimes what we believe is the situation is not the case, and the other person has an entirely different understanding of what may have happened. Learning to communicate is not easy, but it is essential if you want your relationship to last. So take time out to sit and talk with your friend or partner and also take the time to listen to what is being said and not to what you think is being said. Therein lies the art of honest and truthful communication.

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Liz McCaughey

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