Be hon­est

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“Hon­esty goes a long way when you are try­ing to re­build a re­la­tion­ship,” says Jen­nifer Boon, Life Coach and au­thor of Sur­vive & Thrive: Dat­ing and be­ing sin­gle (www.boon­coach­ Us­ing ‘I’ in­stead of ‘you’ state­ments can help re­duce the emo­tional charge and feel­ings of blame.

“You may both de­cide upon a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy on all ly­ing,” says Jen­nifer. “This means both peo­ple must be hon­est about even those small day-to-day things. If we can’t trust our friend or part­ner to tell the truth about some­thing triv­ial, how can we trust them on more se­ri­ous is­sues? This must be met with ap­pre­ci­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing to re­ally work. If it’s met with anger, blame or crit­i­cism then we’re teach­ing the other per­son that it’s safer and eas­ier to lie.”

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