When it comes to maintaining healthy relationships, it can be tough to know how to be supportive, and when to just keep your mouth shut. Life is often a balancing act, so take note of these tips on relationships taken from the Book of Proverbs.
"Wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense." 19:1
"A quarrelsome spouse is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof. " 19:3
You won't die if you
don't get the last word.
"If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth!" 30:32
Never pass up a perfect
opportunity to say nothing.
"Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end." 29:11
feels good to vent, but only to you. Don't say things you will only have to
apologize for later.
"Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and renounce them find mercy." 28:13
Honesty about important
things is imperative. Honesty about whether he or she looks good in those pants
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." 27:17
Stay interesting. Try
not to talk about work all the time.
"Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given." 25:14
Don't make promises you
"Better is open rebuke than hidden love." 27-5
Show affection. Make it a habit.
"Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own." 26-17
Don't pick fights.
"To answer before listening – that is folly and shame." 18-3
Orbits If you've given the same advice, over and over, to someone you care about, and it hasn't been taken yet-to take up flossing, ditch smoking, pick up the phone, forgive and forget-don't give up yet.