How to Build Trust Through Communication

Relationships, like plants, must be nurtured.

Two of the most important factors for the growth of your relationship are communication and trust. Without trust and communication, it’s almost impossible to understand each other, be genuinely happy, feel completely safe, or even keep your relationship afloat.

Follow these guidelines below to build a stronger, more trusting relationship through communication.

Be Honest About your Feelings and Desires

Always respectfully communicate. This means no yelling when trying to convey a message to your partner, no interruptions when your partner communicates, no rolling eyes, scoffing (even when you disagree), and no belittling comments.

Clarify How You Want to Be Treated

Don’t expect your partner to immediately know. Open and honest communication will save your relationship.

As Best as you can, Keep Your Promises

If and when unexpected situations arise that affect your plan, renegotiate with your partner to find a new, happy medium.

Stay Away from Criticism, but Accept and Welcome Positive Critique

Critiques, similar to complaints, usually tend to be about specific issues. Criticism, however, has to do with attacking your partner’s character and who they are. Don’t forget to intentionally focus on seeing the best in your partner and be sure to constantly remind them of what you see and like. Everyone enjoys being praised and positive reinforcement will encourage your partner to continue doing the things you love.

Admit Your Mistakes

No one is perfect and pretending to be so may only diminish your trustworthiness. It’s easier to trust a person that admits their mistakes but strives to improve. Never hesitate to apologize and admit wrongdoing. After apologizing, actively work on changing the behavior that offended your partner. Always remember: the best apology is changed behavior.

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