Successful Relationships Reading Corner
This week we wrote that our relationship is harmonious because we want it to be that way. Here are some articles on harmonious relationships and positive intention.
Harmony in a Relationship Does Not Require Agreement “…deep and lasting emotional, mental, and spiritual harmony requires something other than just agreeing on a shared experience. Harmony in a relationship means understanding; we don’t need to agree to be in harmony, but we do need to be willing to understand another person’s experience and actually hear their truth.”
How to Use One Simple Trick to Make All Your Relationships Better “Assuming positive intent means that, no matter what a person may say or do, unless you have evidence otherwise, you assume that the person you’re dealing with has good intentions. I don’t know about you, but I can often demonize people, both strangers and people I love. My inner monologue will run off after a simple, harmless comment, and I’ll assume someone tried to hurt me on purpose with zero evidence to support that fact.”
Your Relationship: Assuming Positive Intent “First, let me make it clear that I am not making excuses for family members who behave in a way that is uncaring or hurtful or self-centered. No excuses for that kind of behavior. But let me ask you a question: Are there times when your first reaction to the behavior of your partner doesn’t match up with the actual situation? In other words, is it possible that at times you might make an assumption of what your partner intended because you jumped to a conclusion and then reacted accordingly?”