Chapter One The Importance of Good Etiquette When Forming Relationships

H umans are social by nature. Whether we are extroverted or introverted, outgoing or shy, “social butterflies” or “lone wolves,” we all crave and need interaction with others on a regular basis in one form or another. Generally speaking, humans find social isolation stressful. Because of our innate need for human connection, virtually everything we do in life will in some way affect our relationships and the way we socialize . And it works both ways, too: that is, the quality of our relationships can actually influence what we do, how we behave, how we think, and how we see the world. Our parents, our siblings, our spouses, our boyfriends and girlfriends, our friends— we all have folks in our lives whom we consider near and dear to our hearts. Remember,

too, that we are near and dear to others as well. Each and every one of us matters, and, at our very core, each and every one of us simply wants to be loved and appreciated for who we are. But given how important relationships are, it’s a bit of a wonder that we don’t often see classes in school that can help us learn how to create healthy relationships in the first place. It’s far too easy to take our relationships with the people we consider most important in our lives for granted. Just look at the statistics on marriage: a full 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce, and the rate is even higher for people who get married a second or third time.

Successful close relationships provide feelings of happiness, love, and fulfillment.

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