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Relationships

Sharing and committing to support each other’s values calms rocky waters and sets the stage for happiness and growth in relationships.

While you can’t be responsible for someone else’s behaviors and values, you can help to create an environment that makes relationships work better. Gaining and maintaining rapport establishes a bond or connection that improves communication. Sharing and committing to support each other’s values calms rocky waters and sets the stage for happiness and growth in relationships.

You can gain rapport by matching and mirroring someone – in other words, communicating in a similar style, to make it comfortable for the other. By giving the person back their facial expression, voice tonality, body posture, word choice or breathing pattern, you connect with the other person on a deep level. Discussing values comes easier when you have rapport. Ask questions to find out what’s important and why, so you can support them, and reasonably expect their support, too. Make your needs and wants understood too, so you can be supported in pursuing what is important to you.

Quality of Life

Our own values and beliefs will shape our definition of a great quality of life. A well person or family seeks to live consistently with their own meaning for living well.

The most obvious and desirable benefit of a well mind is a better quality of life, which of course is determined by each individual’s model of the world. Our values and beliefs will shape our definition of a great quality of life. A well person or family seeks to live consistently with their own meaning of living well, so identifying the details of your desired outcomes makes it easier to tell when you’re getting close.

To increase your quality of life, think about what a happy, satisfying, fulfilling life would be like, and pay attention to how you would have to show up to have the best chance of creating that life for yourself. The more you act like the kind of person who has the life you want, the more likely you’ll do the things that kind of person would do, and that will lead to having those things in reality. By noticing how you are already like this ideal version of you, and by recognizing where you need to focus your energy to build the resources you need, you can grow into an enhanced version of yourself, more capable and more attractive, which leads to a better quality of life, by your standards.