by Cricket Wingfield, MD

Nearly 189 million people head into the New Year intending to make a lifestyle change or learn something new. The New Year allows people to clean the slate and have a fresh start on whatever area of their life they feel needs the most work.

While many people focus on implementing a new exercise routine or diet as their New Year's resolution, there are other areas you can make positive changes.

Whether in a romantic or platonic relationship, being a good partner is essential to living a happy life. Manifesting meaningful relationships is something that you can accomplish with healthy communication skills.

This guide will go over how you can develop healthy relationship skills and use a vision board to improve your communication skills.

What Are Relationship Skills?

Relationship skills help you create happy, healthy, and strong bonds with other people. When you have a deep connection with another person, you're able to enjoy life more. Relationship skills in adults are vital because they can build successful bonds more easily.

Non-Defensive Listening

In a platonic or romantic relationship, paying close attention to what the other person says is key. Active listening will help you both work through any issues that might come up.

Empathizing with what they say is more important than defending yourself or justifying your actions. Being open is essential for good listening skills and for developing mutual respect for one another. Honesty helps ensure that they'll pay attention to you as well when you voice your feelings.


Open and honest communication in a relationship is key. To be a good communicator, you have to be ready and able to communicate your needs, values, and emotions in a straightforward manner. In a healthy romantic relationship, your partner should know what you need and how to satisfy those desires.

Emotion Regulation

Managing your emotions is another great relationship skill to have. Some discussions you have in a relationship might be emotional. They could include feelings of sadness, anger, and anxiety.

Good partners learn how to put their emotions to the side while attempting to remedy the current problem they're facing. When you clear your mind and calm your feelings, you and your partner can figure out how to move forward effectively. 


Don't be dishonest so that you can avoid conflict. Lying, or omitting information, results in distrust and distance.

While being honest can hurt you and the other person, it creates trust and a sense of connection. The goal of being honest is to have an open mind and bring up conversation topics that impact your relationship's quality. It's not to bring up every tiny flaw continually.

How to Develop Relationship and Communication Soft Skills

As we've talked about, being an effective communicator is key to manifesting a meaningful platonic and romantic relationship. When individuals don't communicate well, they can become disconnected from the other person.

Tell Your Partner Your Needs

Being an effective communicator is telling the other person what you need. You don't want them to have to guess or read your mind.

Sometimes we don't know what we need. That can result in us feeling embarrassed or vulnerable when trying to talk about it.

Think about it from the other person's point of view. Providing understanding and comfort to a person they care about is a pleasure, not a burden.

Improve your communications instead of becoming resentful if your partner isn't giving you what you need. Form the habit of telling them what you need and why you need it.

Look at Their Nonverbal Cues

A lot of communication is transmitted by our body language. Nonverbal cues are a form of communication, and they include:

  • Gestures, like touching a person's hand or crossing your arms
  • Posture
  • Tone of voice
  • Eye contact

Picking up on the other person's body language will help you know how they feel and respond appropriately. Keep in mind that another person's nonverbal cues might be different than yours.

Make sure that your body language matches what you say when speaking face to face. If you say, "I'm okay," but you're looking away and clenching your teeth, your nonverbal cues are telling the other person that you're not okay.

Listen to Your Partner

All good communicators are excellent listeners. Maintaining eye contact while listening will help the other person feel understood and valued.

Simply hearing and active listening are two very different things. When you listen, you engage with what the other person is saying. You'll notice the subtle changes in the other person's voice that will help you know what they're feeling.

You don't have to change your mind or agree with what your partner is saying. However, being a good listener will help you both find common areas that will help you resolve your conflict.

How Living Vision Board Manifesting Can Help You Become a Better Partner

You've probably created or at least heard of a vision board in the past. Most people don't really dig into their vision boards, forgetting about the ideas they came up with.

Our Living Vision Board Course and Mastermind Community help you design the life you want through community support and guided pages. You'll learn ways to become a better partner and manifest the meaningful relationships you're looking for.

In addition to becoming a better partner, you'll shift into a more confident person in every aspect of your life. Your life will become more balanced and that happiness will seep into your life. Develop a clearer vision of yourself as you manifest your heart's desires.

Manifest Meaningful Relationships With Strong Communication Skills

One of the major components of manifesting meaningful relationships is building effective communication skills. Developing your verbal and written communication skills is vital to connecting more with your partner and having a happy year.

Take our online manifesting archetype quiz to learn your manifesting style.

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