Trust is the belief that a partner has your best interest at heart. It is impossible to have a healthy relationship without trust. Knowing how to rebuild trust is an important skill to master.
By: Timothy Cole
TRUST is hard to earn, but easy to lose. And without TRUST, relationships come apart quickly.
Trust is the belief that a partner has your best interest at heart. And it is impossible to have a healthy relationship without trust.
Trust is a two-way street. Trust involves telling the truth AND being open to hearing what a partner has to say. But, sometimes the truth can be difficult to tell OR hear. When this happens, trust gets damaged and must be repaired.
Relationships are important – without doubt, one of the most important things we have.
At the same time, relationships are difficult, full of problems, and hard to maintain. So, knowing how to rebuild trust is an important skill to master.
Why is it important to rebuild trust?
For starters, being able to repair trust is essential to keeping a close, healthy relationship. And close relationships provide many benefits.
Individuals in close, healthy relationships live longer and enjoy better health. This gain is undoubtedly due to the fact that people in close relationships have a built-in emotional and physical support system – someone to care for them and provide comfort in times of need. Not only do people in close relationships live longer, but they report being happier and more satisfied with life than individuals who have a difficult time maintaining a healthy relationship.
Having a close relationship also provides many tangible benefits. Sharing resources with another person is a great way to get ahead in life. Two people working together can live better than what either person could do on their own. When individuals find someone to share life with both people come out ahead.
Furthermore, people in close relationships also receive more social support – that is, having someone who is attentive to their needs and concerns. And having social support creates a lot of benefits. Knowing that someone cares, allows individuals to handle life’s problems more effectively. People who feel loved and supported make better decisions with less stress and anxiety.
Finally, having a companion makes life more enjoyable. Having someone to share life’s little things, like walking the dog, watching TV, eating meals is important; it makes life more entertaining and enjoyable.
All told, close relationships provide enormous benefits to people who are able to maintain healthy relationships.
About the Author:
Timothy Cole, PhD. has a website on how to rebuild trust in a close relationship, How to Rebuild Trust.
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