2017 Relationship Resolutions

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Which brings us to this week’s topic, 2017 Relationship Resolutions. Now is a good time to take inventory of your relationships. Time to get everything in order, so you can spend the rest of the year surrounded by people you care about and be involved in healthy interactions.

Marie Kondo Your Friend Group. Marie Kondo wrote the insanely popular “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The general gist is that you pick up an item you own, like a book or an old shirt, and if it doesn’t immediately light you with joy, get rid of it. Let’s do the same with our friends. It’s draining to have a bunch of half-formed relationships in your life. Focus your energy on the people who encourage you, inspire you and bring you joy. If the number popping up on your caller ID makes you feel meh, end that friendship. If your best friend from the third grade hasn’t upped her friendship skills past braided bracelets, let her go.

No More Passes For Introverts to Be Flaky. So many memes about introverts, how quiet they are and how much they enjoy their alone time. Well, alone time is all you’re going to have if you keep flaking on your friends. We extroverts will leave your asses in 2017. Then, your social circle will become a ring of introverts making plans and canceling plans with each other until you forget what it’s even like interact with your friends face-to-face out in public.

Take Your Relationship Off Auto-Pilot. I’m not just talking about partners who don’t buy flowers anymore. Give yourself a relationship performance review for every person who matters to you in your life. Have you become lax about thanking your mom for picking the kids up from daycare? Are forgetting to ask your bestie about his or her day before you end a phone call? Are you showing enough enthusiasm for your partner’s bizarre hobbies? Figure out where you can do better and make some adjustments.

Be Transparent. Dating is difficult. A lot of times we get advice about how we should behave in order to be cool or to be more desirable. We don’t voice our wants and expectations, so, in turn, our needs go unmet. What’s the point of a relationship if it’s not fulfilling you in some way? Be honest about what’s really important to you from someone. Then, communicate that need. If it’s not respected, then return to No. 1 and Kondo that friendship.

If Your Significant Other Brings Drama Into Your Life — Start The Year Single. I think this one is self-explanatory and, coincidentally, most relevant to my current situation. Time to put those dating profile tips from Emily to use!

What are your top-of-the-year tips for having healthy relationships in 2017? Visit our Facebook page or email me your thoughts — and questions! — at [email protected]