15 Jul 10 meaningful questions that will help strengthen your relationships
via the Ladders by Marina Khidekel
The relationships in our lives — whether with friends, family members, or romantic partners — are one of our richest sources of joy, meaning, and purpose. And when we take the time to invest in them by asking creative, meaningful questions, we create long-lasting bonds that are both deep and fulfilling.
We asked our Thrive community to share with us the questions that help them deepen their relationships. Which of these will you start asking?
1. What are you excited about right now?
“I like asking this question because it helps me connect with others. When I read or hear any new content, it gives me an opportunity to share and reconnect. I also listen for how long it takes for the person to answer this question. It often speaks to the individual’s state of mind. I find passion to be contagious. Unleashing passion within others helps us ignite it from within.The answer also often introduces me to new places, experiences, or learnings.”
—Stacy Cassio, CEO, Charlotte, N.C.
2. How can I support you?
“This is my favorite question to ask in both my personal and professional relationships. Support can mean different things to different people. For some, support might mean not inviting them out for a happy hour while they commit to a no-alcohol month. Or it might mean testing a new product or service that they want to sell. It could even mean being a listening ear throughout a tough health situation. Everyone has a goal or need that comes to mind right away, and it’s helpful for me to know and understand how I can show up for others.”
—Alyssa Towns, business operations specialist, Denver, CO
3. What’s something new or different you’ve done recently?
“The answers to this question are always fascinating and I find it to be a good conversation starter. It also prompts people, including myself, to think about what we have done, learned, and accomplished lately. It doesn’t need to be something big. It’s the little things that count the most.”
—Lily Woi, career and leadership coach, London, U.K.
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