I've had some incredible life experiences. As an entrepreneur, I've gone from flat broke to having money to being broke again. I've been extraordinarily happy and I've been depressed (and oddly enough I found myself depressed when I had money, not when I was broke). I've been told by doctors that I had incurable conditions and then healed myself naturally. And in terms of relationships, I've had loved ones who were here one minute and dead the next. I've had my heart broken and then found my soul mate. I've also had friends weave in and out of my life and back again. It's been a pretty wild ride.
No matter where we are in life, we're either in a fulfilling relationship, looking to improve upon our relationship, or looking to be in a relationship. There are lots of books out there that will tell you what to do if you want some help here, but I've found that there's no one-size-fits-all-approach when it comes to relationships. But as the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen.com and the author of WELLTH: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume, I've learned that there are some simple universal concepts that can really help us cultivate a life full of happiness and meaningful relationships.
1. Don't let little things get to you.
Does it really matter who is right about who did what chore in the apartment? You might win the fight, but you lose the battle. Don't sweat the small stuff because little things don't matter. Be grateful, not hateful.
2. No one is perfect.
This especially holds true for people we put on pedestals. No matter how great or enlightened they are, they're still human. Everyone makes mistakes and nobody is perfect.