Four Phrases to a Better Relationship

Four Phrases to a Better Relationship

Hoʻoponopono (ho-OP-o-no-PO-no) is a Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation that uses four simple phrases to improve the quality of our relationships.

Adding these phrases to your relationship vocabulary and mindset will create a foundation for strong, healthy, respectful interactions.

These four little sentences have a lot of power to alter the course of a disagreement. They can also get your relationship back on track if an argument becomes hurtful.

Write these down on a sticky note or put them in your phone as a reminder:

  1. I’m sorry.
  2. Please forgive me.
  3. I love you.
  4. Thank you.

If you tend to be critical of yourself, these phrases can also be used to gentle the hurt sometimes caused by self-judgment.

Should you catch yourself being demanding or hurtful in your thoughts, look in a mirror and say the phrases out loud. It may feel a little weird, but it works!

Deanna S., MA| WHEN Being Advisor

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