Introduction:Countless books have been written about "relationship rescue." Millions of dollars have been spent to save marriages, friendships and relationships within family. Without spending a dime, there are a few phrases you can use daily that improve and, potentially, save your relationships in peril.
Remember your grandmother saying "ask nicely?" It was great advice then and it still is today. A simple "please" will let people know you are considerate of their feelings.
Be thankful. Even if you don't think you mean it, say it anyway. It's polite. It acknowledges the other person's efforts and creates a more positive tone. It may not change how you feel, but it might change how the other person feels.
Being in close quarters, there can be a lot of accidental bumping into each other or missed parts of conversations. Acknowledge the accident or the unheard words with "excuse me." Let the other person know they are important and their personal space and words matter to you.
Even though you may not need or feel like you need permission, ask anyway. Let the other person know you are thinking of them and that you consider their input valuable.
What a wonderful conversation starter! This is a great opportunity to find out what someone else is thinking and feeling. Even when they disagree with you, it opens the door to discussion which almost always leads to discovery.
Common courtesy goes a long way, especially with people who have feelings for each other. These simple phrases can smooth out the rough edges and provide a buffer between you and the conflict. Use these phrases in a calm and sincere voice. This can make a huge difference in all of your relationships.
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