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Heartwarming Illustrations Showing Love Exists In The Smallest Things Of Life

Heartwarming Illustrations Showing Love Exists In The Smallest Things Of Life

Affected by movies and social media, many of us fantasize that romance is about extravagant enjoyments and splendid expressions. In view of this trend, the talented artist Philippa Rice creates some simple but beautiful comics to remind us that love exists in every corner of our life. Instead of trying very hard to find love, what we should do is to feel the smallest things that we do with our loved ones. Here are the things that you may be familiar with in your relationship:

Sometimes, love means doing small things together like brewing coffee in the morning.

1. kitchen

    Staying next to each other without doing anything special is satisfactory to you.

    2. room

      Sleeping together and hugging each other give you the greatest sense of comfort.

      3. sleep

        You feel carefree and are not afraid of showing your true side to your loved one.

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        4. toothbrush

          Even doing household tasks like food shopping is no longer boring to you.

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            Hugging each other has become your favourite habit.

            6. hugging

              Love gives you the inspiration to come up with creative ideas to kill time.

              7. dinner

                When you feel blue, someone will always give you support.

                8. rain

                  You’ll easily feel excited about the smallest things in life.

                  9. letter

                    The best entertainment for you is reading on bed after a tiring day.

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                    10. reading

                      Building furniture is no longer a chore for you because you know it’s a process of building your home.

                      11. furniture

                        You may ask some silly questions and making unreasonable requests but you know your loved one won’t mind you doing so.

                        12. question

                          You feel blessed that you can cook and enjoy meals together every night.

                          13. cooking

                            Your loved one’s problems have become yours as well.

                            14. trouble

                              Love is also about sharing what you experience throughout the day before you go to bed.

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                                And this is what will definitely happen when you sit on the sofa:

                                16. cuddling

                                  You are never tired of looking into each other’s eyes because you can always find the most beautiful universe there.

                                  17. cafe

                                    In winter, no matter how strong the wind is, your hearts stay warm because you hold each other’s hand tight.

                                    18. wind

                                      Love makes you humble. You know when you need to say sorry.

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                                        You love curling up like a cat on your loved one’s lap.

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                                        20. lap

                                          Love gives you the courage to explore new things.

                                          21. park

                                            You love each other. But you still have some little arguments.

                                            22. compromise

                                              But that’s not a big deal because you forgive each other very soon after the arguments.

                                              23. window

                                                The most important thing is you do not forget to seize the moment.

                                                24. sunset

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                                                  Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                                  How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                                                  How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                                                  For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

                                                  If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

                                                  Example 1

                                                  You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

                                                  You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

                                                  In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

                                                  Example 2

                                                  You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

                                                  People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

                                                  You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

                                                  Example 3

                                                  You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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                                                  The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

                                                  Example 4

                                                  You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

                                                  Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

                                                  If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

                                                  Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

                                                  • Understand your own communication style
                                                  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
                                                  • Communicate with precision and care
                                                  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

                                                  1. Understand Your Communication Style

                                                  To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

                                                  In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

                                                  Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

                                                  2. Learn Others Communication Styles

                                                  Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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                                                  If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

                                                  “How do you prefer to receive information?”

                                                  This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

                                                  To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

                                                  3. Exercise Precision and Care

                                                  A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

                                                  On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

                                                  Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

                                                  I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

                                                  I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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                                                  In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

                                                  The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

                                                  Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

                                                  4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

                                                  Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

                                                  In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

                                                  “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

                                                  Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

                                                  Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

                                                  It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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                                                  It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

                                                  It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

                                                  Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

                                                  Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                  When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

                                                  I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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