1. Compatibility: Similar backgrounds, goals and interests, often make for good interpersonal relationships. People with different aims, attitudes and thought processes may find it difficult to be in a relationship.

2. Communication: Vocal expression of feelings is a pivot for interpersonal relationships. Keeping quiet in any relationship often leads to problems and misunderstandings. Communication lines must be open and regular but must be with respect. Talk about everything.

3. Honesty: Do not lie or hide things from your partner, especially on important issues. Lies have been known to destroy many relationships.

4. Forgiveness: An individual needs to be a little more forgiving in a relationship. Issues should not be stretched especially trivial ones. Do not fight over foolish situations. Try to always let go and this is very essential in a marriage type of relationship.

5. Time: Create time for each other and one another. Time, when not used wisely, may create space and oftentimes the relationship gently fizzles out. Even in the organisation, colleagues should spend quality time with one another to strengthen the bond between them. Married couples should spend more time with each other to keep the flavour in their marriage.

6. Praise/Positive encouragement: Appreciate your friend, partner, spouse or colleagues when the need arises. Make the other person feel important. Encourage him/her to use positive words. Practice the use of the five magic words — please, sorry, excuse me, thank you and pardon me. They have worked wonders often.

7. Flexibility: Do not be rigid. Try to be amenable, especially where another’s ego (usually a man) is concerned. Soften up a little and the relationship will flow.

8. Others include: Staying calm do not overreact to petty issues in relationships, adjusting more; always smiling even when it hurts, it works. Take care of facial expressions when interacting with the other person(s) in the relationship.

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