WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: The Math of Building Quality Relationships

Picture of heart in handThe math of a quality relationship is a little more than Me + You = Love.

This week’s wellness tip is about getting your relationship ratios (the number of positive interactions to negative interactions) right in all of your relationships. What does that mean to “get your relationship ratios right?”

In order for any relationship to thrive, our positive interactions have to outnumber our negative interactions. That means that every time that we bring up a problem, disagree, or address an issue we have to have more compliments, appreciation, or effort stored in the relationship.

For neighbors, acquaintances, and people we work with, we need to have at least 3 positive interactions for every negative interaction.

For those closest to us (like spouses, siblings, parents, boyfriends/girlfriends), we need to have at least 5 positive interactions for every negative interaction.

That’s the simple math of quality relationships.

This week’s wellness challenge is to invest in more positive interactions with the people in your life, whether that’s through social media or in person. Your quality of life will improve as you get your relationship ratios right.

Be well and have a great week!