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Think about the ten most important people in your life, and then ask yourself: "Do I get what I want and need from my interactions with them? And am I investing enough time and effort to make sure my bond lasts?" Answering these questions is a starting point for freshening up a relationship—and believe me, just about every relationship could use a tweak. Luckily, it's in your power to break a bad pattern, even one that seems entrenched. Try these simple techniques to transform your dealings with your partner, coworkers, and friends.