There are many things that you can do to strengthen your relationships.Often the most effective thing you can do involves saying just three words.When spoken sincerely, these statements often have the power to develop new friendships,deepen old ones and even bring healing to relationships that have soured.The following three-word phrases can be tools to help develop every relationship.Let me help:Good friends see a need and then try to fill it.When they see a hurt they do what they can to heal it.Without being asked, they jump in and help out.I understand you:People become closer and enjoy each other more when the other personaccepts and understands them.Letting your spouse know - in so many little ways - that you understand them,is one of the most powerful tools for healing your relationship.And this can apply to any relationship.I respect you:Respect is another way of showing love.Respect demonstrates that another person is a true equal.If you talk to your children as if they were adults you will strengthen the bondsand become closer friends. This applies to all interpersonal relationships.I miss you:Perhaps more marriages could be saved and strengthened if couples simply and sincerelysaid to each other I miss you. This powerful affirmation tells partners they are wanted,needed, desired and loved.Consider how important you would feel, if you received an unexpected phone callfrom your spouse in the middle of your workday, just to say I miss you.Maybe youre right:This phrase is very effective in diffusing an argument.The implication when you say maybe youre right is the humility of admitting,maybe Im wrong. Lets face it. When you have an argument with someone,all you normally do is solidify the other persons point of view.They, or you, will not likely change their position and you run the risk of seriouslydamaging the relationship between you.Saying maybe youre right can open the door to explore the subject more.You may then have the opportunity to express your view in a way that isunderstandable to the other person.Please forgive me:Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit their mistakesand ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults, foibles and failures.A man should never be ashamed to own up that he has been in the wrong,which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.I thank you:Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy.People who enjoy the companionship of good,close friends are those who dont take daily courtesies for granted.They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness.On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted oftendo not have the attitude of gratitude.Count on me:A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship.It is the emotional glue that bonds people.Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steadyand true friends.When troubles come, a good friend is there indicatingyou can count on me.Ill be there:If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night,to take a sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken downsome miles from home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phraseIll be there.Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give.When we are truly present for other people, important thingshappen to them and us.We are renewed in love and friendship.We are restored emotionally and spiritually.Being there is at the very core of civility.Go for it:We are all unique individuals.Dont try to get your friends to conform to your ideals.Support them in pursuing their interests, no matter how far out they seem to you.God has given everyone dreams, dreams that are unique to that person only.Support and encourage your friends to follow their dreams.Tell them to go for it.I love you:Perhaps the most important three words that you can say.Telling someone that you truly love them satisfies a persondeepest emotional needs.The need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be wanted.Your spouse, your children, your friends and you, all need to hearthose three little words: I love you.Love is a choice. You can love even when the feeling is gone.