Feeling Connected With People You Love: Divulgence

>> Saturday

To be close to someone, he or she has to know you. For you to be known, you're going to have to reveal yourself, divulge yourself. What do you want? What do you like? What makes you angry? What scares you?

To whatever degree you don't share these truths about yourself, to that degree you are not known, and to that degree you will feel distant rather than close.

Find out more: How to Cultivate Closeness.

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Feeling Connected With People You Love: Listening

>> Thursday

How hard could it be to listen, right? That must be the easiest thing in the world. But if you want to listen in a way that develops a feeling of closeness, listening has to be done a certain way.

Researchers have found certain things you can do that help. One of them, for example, is to avoid giving advice.

To find out more, read this article: How to Cultivate Closeness.

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Feeling Connected With People You Love: Focus On Feelings

>> Tuesday

There are a lot of things you could talk about. Most of them don't make people feel closer to each other. But talking about what you feel about circumstances, about other people, about the future...really about anything...will bring you and the person you're talking to closer.

So when you talk to someone you want to be closer to, focus on feelings. Reveal yours and ask about theirs.

Learn more about this: How to Cultivate Closeness.

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Feeling Connected With People You Love: Intention

>> Friday

What you intend during a conversation will either bring you closer or push you apart. And your ability to hold onto your intention to become closer, even when the conversation becomes heated or boring or confusing, is what makes the difference.

This is something you can improve with effort. You can hold your intention longer. You can clarify your intention better.

Learn how to do this: How to Cultivate Closeness.

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Feeling Connected With People You Love: Meetings

>> Monday

Some situations are well-suited to good conversations. Some aren't. This physical aspect of feeling closer to people is the first of five principles for connecting. And it is the most overlooked.

People try to get closer to each other in loud bars or during football games or while the house is full of relatives. The noise and distraction are a physical barrier to getting closer. Learn what else is important and how you can create better opportunities to connect: How to Cultivate Closeness.

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