There are many things we can do to strengthen our relationships but the most effective means involves the speaking of just three words. When spoken or conveyed these statements have the power to forge new friendships, deepen old ones and restore relationships that have cooled. The following three-word phrases can enrich every relationship.
I’LL BE THERE! If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase “I’ll be there.” Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are truly present for other people, important things do happen to us both. We are renewed in love and friendship, restored emotionally and spiritually.
I RESPECT YOU! Respect is another way of showing love. Respect conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal. If you talk to others with respect it will strengthen the bonds.
PLEASE FORGIVE ME! Many broken relationships could be restored if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults, foibles and failures. No one should be ashamed to own up they had been in the wrong, they are simply saying am wiser today than I was yesterday.
I THANK YOU! Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy companionship are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness.
I UNDERSTAND YOU! People enjoy each other more if they feel the other person accepts and understands them. Letting others know in little ways that you understand them is one of the most powerful tools for healing in your relationship.
I LOVE YOU! Perhaps this is the most important three words that you can say. Telling someone who you truly love them satisfies their need to loved, appreciated and accepted.