6 Ways to Speak Well to Your Loved Ones

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At a time in history when we are communicating more rapidly than ever - via texts, tweets and email volleys, one after the next - it seems there is hardly anyone among us who couldn't use some tips to facilitate more heartfelt communication for our in-person interactions with the people we care about most.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Tell them how important they are, often.
Here's a wake-up call for you: No matter how sure you are of someone's love, it's always nice to be reminded of it.

Loving someone and having them love you back is the most precious phenomenon in the world, and it should be expressed as such. When you truly love someone, be loving in words and deeds every single day. Don't beat around the bush. Be straightforward.

If you appreciate someone today, tell them. If you adore someone today, show them. Hearts are often confused and broken by thoughtful words left unspoken and loving deeds left undone. There might not be a tomorrow. Today is the day to express your love and admiration.

2. Communicate your feelings openly.
Your parents may have told you that it's not what you say but how you say it that counts. This can be true in a professional setting, but when it comes to your closest relationships open, honest transparency is imperative.

Express how you truly feel. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Give the important people in your life the information they need, rather than expecting them to know the unknowable. Express your fears, tears, doubts and insecurities - let your loved ones experience YOU. Have the courage to be yourself in front of them.

Relationships flourish when both people are able to share their innermost feelings and thoughts about themselves and each other. To be fully seen by someone, in raw form, and be adored anyhow, is what love is. (Angel and I discuss this in detail in the Relationships chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

3. Speak the truth.
As a wise man once said, "I tell the truth because it's the easiest thing to remember." Living through a facade puts an incredible burden on your emotional well-being. Speaking the truth, even and most often when it hurts, frees mental space and increases your ability to connect with the people you care about. Keep in mind that a large part of such openness requires taking personal responsibility for your wrong doings. If you know, for instance, that your actions or words have hurt a loved one, you must immediately admit your faults and face reality.

If you live for the truth now, you will find comfort and peace in the end. If you live for comfort and peace now by avoiding the truth, you will get neither comfort nor peace nor truth, only wishful thinking to begin, and lasting regret in the end.

4. Ask thoughtful questions and listen intently.
Too often we underestimate the power of a thoughtful question and a listening ear that's fully present and focused. Although it's a simple act, it may very well be the most powerful act of caring - one which has the potential to turn a life around.

And once you inquire, be sure you listen to understand, not to reply and hear yourself talk. Oftentimes a reply isn't even necessary. Listening is a sincere attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another that both attracts and heals, perhaps without ever saying a word. (Read The Mastery of Love.)

5. Let your actions speak for themselves.
Actions often speak much louder than words. When you love someone you have to act accordingly. They will be able to tell how you feel about them simply by the way you treat them over the long-term.

You can say sorry a thousand times, or say "I love you" as much as you want, but if you're not going to prove that the things you say are true, they aren't. If you can't show it, your words are not sincere.

And remember, it's not so much about how much you do for your loved ones as it is about the love you put into what you do for them. Learn what matters most to them and make a habit of it.

6. Touch.
Touch has a lasting memory. Sometimes reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a beautiful journey. Sometimes a long hug speaks louder than all the words in the world. Sometimes your lips can't accurately articulate what you mean without using them to kiss. And sometimes, quite frankly, a moment of touching is the difference between hopeless despair and the ability to carry on.

Physical touch can make or break a relationship and can communicate respect or ridicule. Some of us require touch more than others, but some physical interaction - be it a hug, a handshake, a pat on the back, or otherwise - is important in your closest relationships. (Read The 5 Love Languages.)

Final Thoughts
Lots of irritation and heartache can be avoided just by being more aware of what your loved ones value in communication. I encourage you to set aside an hour to discuss this article with someone you love. It may be eye-opening to gain more clarity about the way they like to be loved.

Your turn...
What do you say or do when you want to show someone you love them? How do you like others to show you that they love you? Please let us know by replying below.
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  • Profile picture of the author the brewer
    Great posts and something I've been thinking about. Just had a kid and as we getting used to this new person in our lives have to make sure the relationship with my wife isn't effected.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhodester
    I think the most important thing to do to show someone you love them is to spend time with them.In the process you will say and do the things that will "show" them that you love them. Sometimes people say they love you and then do things that show you they really don't. Time is our most precious resource, and we should spend it willingly and often with those we love otherwise life just isn't "worth it".
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  • Profile picture of the author HeadStartSEO
    Thank you for posting this. I'm calling my mom now.
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  • Thanks for the very informative post it really helps a lot especially to those people that are confused on how pleased their loved once especially those couples on how to make their relationships strong.
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  • Thank you for expressing so clearly how to communicate better with those we love. I found your missive very instructive and gentle to the touch.

    Wisdom has a way of showing up in the most unusual places. This is one of those times.

    LLS
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  • Another thing I want to add to that is to learn how to truly love someone for who they are and not for what you want them to be. Like a lot of women, I believed, in my heart, that I can change the person I love into my ideal. Doing that just caused me a lot of heartache. When I met the man who became my husband, he showed me how to love a person completely, despite their imperfections and flaws. Being with him made me realize that loving a person is about working on being the best version of yourself. That when you work on being a better, more caring, kind, loveable verision of yourself, everything else just falls into place.
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  • Profile picture of the author RestlessBlaze
    Great post. Going to implement it on my friend.
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  • Profile picture of the author greatwriter
    I have learned to speak clearly and directly and
    not beat around the bush or expect someone to read
    my mind. It prevents a lot frustration.

    I also try and deal with issues by speaking them out and
    confronting people, it helps prevent a lot of awkwardness or
    assumptions from both ends. This is not always easy but it
    is usually appreciated afterwards by the parties involved.
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  • Profile picture of the author rebirthfreedom
    wow perfect timing for me. I've really been growing in effective communication and complicated conversations. You are so right on here. Thanks for sharing this!
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  • Profile picture of the author sophiadixon
    Thank you for sharing this information with us.
    I have learned many new things and I promis that I will put them into practice as soon as I will have the chance.
    Thank you again!
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