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Importance of Relationships in Life

by Ron Kurtus (revised 17 February 2000)

A major part of your life concerns your relationship and dealing with other people. Fulfillment in your social interactions can contribute to leading a satisfying and successful life. Factors involved in having satisfying relationships are that you should have respect for other people, seek to have everyone win, and enjoy others today.

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Have respect for other people

Everyone deserves some respect. Don’t stereotype or categorize others, such that you automatically show disrespect. Also, don't be a cynic who puts everyone else down.

If you don't have respect for others, your attitude shows through in your relationships with that person. How can you get along with a person if you secretly think little of him or her? Disrespect can harm business dealings, as well as personal relationships.

Always, think well of a person, even if you disagree or dislike things he or she does. You will find that people ride to your expectations of them. And remember that the Bible said,"God created man in His own image."

Seek to have everyone win

In any dealings with another person, you should seek a solution in which you both win something. This is called a "win-win" situation, where you both reach a mutually beneficial transaction. Don't try to beat the other person into the ground and win everything. You won't have repeat business and will have few friends with that attitude.

The Golden Rule states that you should "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." When you deal with other people, you should allow them to also win.

Enjoy others today

Live for today and enjoy the people around you while you can. Don't be waiting for someone else tomorrow. Like the old song says, "If you can't be with the one you love, then love the one you're with."

Don’t drag the past into the present or live a life based on an undefined future. Some people are always looking for something or someone better. That may not happen.

Summary

To have satisfying social relations, you should have respect for other people, seek to have everyone win, and enjoy others today instead of some other time.


Getting along with others is a most important skill in being successful


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Top-rated books on Success in Life

The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness by Greg Anderson, Harper Collins Books, 1996 ($12.00). Provides an excellent blueprint for the principles to follow to lead a good life.


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