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Thursday, September 26, 2013


Being helpful and giving contributes to better relationships and greater satisfaction. People who seem to selflessly help others have high "communal orientation," as described by researchers firm the University of Toronto in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. However, those who give a lot and do not receive something in return may feel bad about the relationship. The imbalance in the cost and rewards of the relationship can cause a relational distress on those with a high communal orientation. These people should consider rechanneling some of the giving. For instance, volunteering for a charity allows the person to enjoy helping others without expecting their kindness to be reciprocated. For healthier relationships, let go of the expectation that everyone wants the same thing from a relationship.

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