Season on Flourishing – Acquaintances

This is week twenty of the Season on Flourishing.

This week we continue to examine the relationships we have with the various people in our lives. Specifically, we turn our attention to our acquaintances, to those people with whom we have the least contact. Though individually any acquaintance only takes up a small part of our lives, collectively most of us spend considerable time talking to such people. Take special care of these relationships this week. You could, for example, focus on being better at small talk (this advice comes from a quality website which is marketed to men but is certainly useful for everyone). If you want to, you might even try to develop a deeper friendship with a casual acquaintance. You might be surprised at what a difference these activities make in both your life and your acquaintances’ lives.

Have other ideas for how to relate to those you only casually know? Tell us!

Season on Flourishing – Colleagues

This is week nineteen of the Season on Flourishing.

After spending a week thinking about our friends, we now move on to other important people in our lives. This week, we focus on the workplace and on interacting with our co-workers. We spend a third of our lives (maybe more) with these people, so it is well worth investing in those relationships. Our relationships with our colleagues are not so different than other relationships. We don’t get to pick our colleagues, and our relationships with them are more goal-oriented, but they require the same nurturing and we can approach them with the same tools we use elsewhere.

How can you be the best colleague you can be? How can you develop friendships with people you work with? How can you draw an important line between your personal and professional life and not develop friendships with some of the people you work with? Here are some suggestions, but above all, simply pay attention this week to these relationships. As you go through your week, be mindful of how everything you do impacts them, and try to nurture rather than put stress on them.