How To Build Trust In A Relationship
October 31, 2011
Trust is, without argument, one of the most important factors in a relationship. It’s essential, whether in a friendship or romantic relationship. Trust also isn’t the easiest thing to establish. When we tell someone we trust them, we’re saying we believe wholeheartedly that that person is honest and would never hurt us. Establishing that sort of faith and hope in a person takes the effort of both parties involved in the relationship. Here are some tips on how to build the trust needed as the foundation of a long, fulfilling relationship.
Start with trust. Every relationship should be entered into with trust initially. What you’re working toward is more or less the cementing and strengthening of trust. If the person hasn’t given you a reason not to trust them, than initially you have no choice but to do so.
Be honest with each other. If you aren’t straight-forward with a person, they’ll spend all their time second guessing everything you say. Part of trust is having faith and hope that the person you’re trusting is telling you the truth. No matter how big or small the issue is, being 100% honest is necessary. Even the littlest lie can cause an unnecessary conflict and seriously damage the trust in a relationship.
Keep your word. It’s important for both parties to be able to rely on one another. Don’t make promises that you can’t keep and be sure to keep the promises that you do make. Fear of being let down can be a big hurdle in the way of trust.
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