“The quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life.” Every time we enter a new season, I like to take stock of my life. I think about what’s working, what’s not working, what I want more of. The thing I value most is relationships. So when I heard Esther Perel say this line on an episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman , it got me thinking. I wondered what are some small, actionable things I can do this autumn to improve the quality of my relationships. I’m proud of my relationships, but also humbled by the difficulty of maintaining them during this season of life with small kids and full days. I was thinking that I could make a goal to call or text one friend every day, to check in, share something, or make plans. What do you like to do to improve the quality of your relationships?
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts