If anyone you have a relationship with shares some good news with you today then be sure to respond in an active constructive manner. Responding in an active constructive manner involves showing you genuinely care through; displaying enthusiasm, positive body language, reinforcement of the good news, and through asking relevant questions. For example, if your mate tells you they’ve been given a promotion at work, you might respond by saying “Congratulations you deserved it! You’ve been working hard, I’m proud of you.” You could smile, offer them a handshake or hug, and ask them how they feel about the promotion. Like anything else this takes practice and the more you do it the better you will become. There are another three ways to respond; Passive constructively (acknowledging the good news but without showing any real enthusiasm or positive body language), Active destructively (which is engaging with the news but making negative comments about it), and Passive destructively (not showing any real enthusiasm whilst making unrelated comments). Each of these responses can potentially damage a relationship. For example, if you were responding in a Passive Constructive manner you might say; “Well done, you really deserve the promotion,” whilst playing on your phone and not asking any questions. An active destructive response could be; “That sounds like a lot of additional stress and responsibility to take on. Have you thought about how much stress it’s going to cause you?” Showing negative body language such as worried expressions or frowning. Finally, a passive destructive response could be; “I’ve had the worst day ever,” whilst looking at your phone, not facing the individual, and asking no questions. Avoid these types of responses at all costs when reacting to the good news of others.

How often you can do this workout: Everyday

If anyone you have a relationship with shares some good news with you today then be sure to respond in an active constructive manner. Responding in an active constructive manner involves showing you genuinely care through; displaying enthusiasm, positive body language, reinforcement of the good news, and through asking relevant questions. For example, if your mate tells you they’ve been given a promotion at work, you might respond by saying “Congratulations you deserved it! You’ve been working hard, I’m proud of you.” You could smile, offer them a handshake or hug, and ask them how they feel about the promotion. Like anything else this takes practice and the more you do it the better you will become. There are another three ways to respond; Passive constructively (acknowledging the good news but without showing any real enthusiasm or positive body language), Active destructively (which is engaging with the news but making negative comments about it), and Passive destructively (not showing any real enthusiasm whilst making unrelated comments). Each of these responses can potentially damage a relationship. For example, if you were responding in a Passive Constructive manner you might say; “Well done, you really deserve the promotion,” whilst playing on your phone and not asking any questions. An active destructive response could be; “That sounds like a lot of additional stress and responsibility to take on. Have you thought about how much stress it’s going to cause you?” Showing negative body language such as worried expressions or frowning. Finally, a passive destructive response could be; “I’ve had the worst day ever,” whilst looking at your phone, not facing the individual, and asking no questions. Avoid these types of responses at all costs when reacting to the good news of others.

How often you can do this workout: Everyday

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