What is the best way to respond to someone in order to strengthen your relationship?


Shelly Gable, professor of psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has demonstrated that how you celebrate is more predictive of strong relations than how you fight.

The chart above lays out the four ways of responding to good news. Only “Active and Constructive” builds relationships. It is engaged, enthusiastic, curious and has supportive nonverbal action.

It’s worth a second to think about which category your responses usually fit into.

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