Treat Each Other Like…

Thirty-six years ago, we promised to stick together in sickness and health and for richer or poorer. Too bad nobody told us about chicken pox and college tuition! But if we’ve learned anything at all, it’s that some of life’s best moments come from our many shared experiences and years of togetherness. Here are a few things you can do to help your relationship stay strong over time.

Treat each other like…the best boss you ever had. Back when you had a boss, if she told you something you didn’t want to hear, you didn’t slam the door or give her the silent treatment did you? 

Treat each other like…your most valued employee. You don’t give your assistant sketchy assignments or tell them to “just figure it out.” You outline your expectations and provide direction when it’s helpful. 

Treat each other like…a favorite niece or nephew. Aunts and uncles are awesome for advice. They have your best interests at heart, but they’re not so tied into your life that they get caught up in judgments. 

Treat each other like…your most expert advisor. You pay your attorney to keep you out of trouble and your CPA to keep you solvent. They know what they’re doing. Let your partner do their job, too.  

Treat each other like…perfect strangers. Smile when you pass them in the hallway, hold the door open for them, ask how their day is going, compliment them on their reading glasses. 

This Week:  If you were to practice one of the suggestions above, which one would enhance your relationship the most? Pick one. Practice it for a week. Get back together to discuss how it impacted your relationship.  

Treat each other you would like to be treated.

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