One of my books for grad school, Mastering Social Psychology gave 10 Tips for Spouses. I think many of the tips would work for a variety relationships.
1. You can be right or you can be happy-not both. Choose wisely.
2. Learn the gentle art of cooperation.
3. Talk about the important stuff.
4. Forgive as much or more than you would like to be forgiven.
5. Celebrate what you want to see more of. Appreciation can go a long way.
6. Listen to the heart more than you listen to the words. This can lead to conflict resolution and to taking care of each other.
7. Don't be like Derren in Bewitched who wanted Samantha to stop using her magic witch powers. Encourage your partner in his or her gifts.
8. Check out your communication. It's easy to talk, but it's more difficult to communicate.
9. Take responsibility for your contributions to the problems.
10. Don't assume that just because you are married, you know how to be married.
Source: Based on information from Herring, May 20, 2001, Knight Ridder
You can put sibling relationships, parent/child relationships in place of a lot of those words and they are meaningful. We all want to improve our relationships. I think these are some great tips on how to do that. I'm printing it for the fridge!! Have a healing day!!