TDP Episode 69 photoEpisode 69:  Connection, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Austin, tells the story of his depression and how getting a sense of perspective and practicing gratitude helped him focus outward on what he could do to help others, rather than focusing inward and feeling depressed. Sunday, October 8, 2017.

10 Ways to Deepen Your Connections With Others (excepts)

1. Smile

Smiling at another person is one of the simplest ways to connect with them, and it only takes a second.

2. Make Eye Contact

When you make eye contact and choose to be completely present with other people, it cultivates a level of trust and safety that allows them to open up even more.

3. Schedule Quality Time

In today’s world, there’s a bigger emphasis on running around and getting things done than there is on making time to connect with others.

4. Listen With Your Heart

When you can listen from your heart rather than your head, you’re able to be present while someone else shares. When you feel heard—really heard—by another, it deepens your level of trust and connection with them.

5. Actively Love

The art of actively loving happens when you turn love into a verb instead of simply viewing it as a state. Practice doing things for—and with—people that demonstrate you love them.

6. Communicate Consciously

Relationships require open, compassionate, and conscious communication. Effective communication asks that you show up in the conversation without engaging in melodrama or blaming others or yourself.

7. Dig Deeper

Through doing your own personal development work, you come to know and understand yourself at a deeper level. As this journey unfolds, you inevitably learn more about those who play a role in your life experiences.

8. Be Present and Focused on the Other

Ask people about their lives, their families, their hobbies, goals, and visions. Then, really listen to what they have to say.

9. Establish Go’s and No-Go’s

Another profound way to connect with others is to dip below the surface and explore the deeper level conversations that reveal other people’s likes and dislikes.

10. Be Authentic

Another profound way to connect with others is to be authentically you. Practicing authenticity means being vulnerable.


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