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If you ask me, I believe that communication is the foundation for all healthy relationships. And we’re not just talking about love lives, in this instance. This is a building block for every friendship, family, profession, mentorship, etc. Any type of bond that you are invested in and that you want to potentially grow, requires work to maintain. Communication is an essential factor for that growth. Not only does it give each individual peace, but it also allows each party to be knowledgeable about what’s going on within the relationship.

The bad and the good, too.

Communication isn’t only about working issues out. Sometimes, it just means practicing talking about postitive things, too…like the highlight of your week or a time when the person made you proud or happy. There should always be something good to discuss, just as you would with the bad things. The difference encouraging feedback can have on a person may just elevate your relationship/friendship to the next level.

Clear the air

Even when there isn’t necessarily a problem or an issue that needs fixing, the air between you and your communication partner should remain clear. No two people can have relationship that has no flaws in it, whatsoever, but keeping everything as open as possible does much more good than people give it credit for. Becoming transparent in order to progress is very important. This vital step releases all of the clutter and makes room for everything positive and happy.

Don’t tell me, tell them

One of the biggest problems that people have is complaining about having a problem with someone to everyone except the person who can fix it. Say you’re shouting the problem from the mountaintop, if the one who can correct it isn’t within earshot, then that problem remains a problem–and that is a problem!

You should check yourself to make sure that you’re contributing as much to the bonds in your life that you possibly can. There’s nothing wrong with a little self-evaluation because sometimes, without even realizing it, we end up contributing to our own stress. Maybe there’s even someone in your life that could use a little communication-boost. If that’s the case, do your part and tell them…COMMUNICATE!


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Nia Lewis


My name is Nia which means purpose in Swahili and I am currently finding it and trying to live up to it. I'm a senior at Valdosta State University, my major is Communication Disorders--translation: I am an aspiring Speech-Language Pathologist. Nothing makes me happier than the people I love, affection, a good book, a blank journal, and the beach. I'm sure I left a few things off of the list, but you get the point.
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