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2020 strained many things, including some of our closest relationships, which were pressure-tested with new challenges.
Some people went through breakups, fights with family members, tensions with coworkers, or rifts in friendships.
I asked my colleagues at Insider for the books, podcasts, and resources that helped them build better relationships this year. You can find our picks below.
Read more: 18 insightful books, podcasts, and online resources that helped us manage our mental health while quarantining

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To state the obvious, this year has been challenging. Relationships ended, friendships went long-distance, and families moved back into multi-generational homes under increasingly stressful conditions. There are more opportunities for friction, short tempers, and avoidance. Living through a pandemic, it turns out, can put a huge strain on relationships.

But it also amplifies the importance of them. Strong bonds with our friends, family, and partners are some of the only things that can get us through a year marked by isolation and fewer meaningless distractions. There is no better place to focus our energy than boosting our ties with the people we’re closest to.

So, I asked my friends and coworkers for their input. What, if anything, helped them build stronger, better relationships this year? 

Below, you’ll find the 8 books and podcasts that helped us strengthen our relationships this year:
“Everything Isn’t Terrible” by Dr. Kathleen Smith

“Everything Isn’t Terrible,” available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target, from $11.99

 I’m grateful to the person who recommended this to me because it really covered aspects of anxiety-management that I don’t really hear about as much, especially when tied to relationships. The book explores potentially unhealthy dynamics you might be stuck in without realizing, and made me notice how I tend to distance myself from conflict sometimes or take on other people’s responsibilities out of anxiety. It was a quick read and definitely made me approach all my relationships in a more easygoing, trusting way. – Julia Pugachevsky, editor

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“Dear Therapists” by Lori Gottlieb

“Dear Therapists,” available on Apple Podcasts, free 

I find I’m better — more relaxed, generous, compassionate — in my relationships when I take care of myself first. When you’re unconditional loving towards yourself, it makes it easier to extend that same grace to others.

“Dear Therapists” is a podcast that has helped me gain that deeper, more nuanced perspective on myself and other people. I first learned about it from one of its hosts, Lori Gottlieb, when I interviewed her about a very similar resource: Her book, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”.

“Dear Therapists”, like “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” lets you step inside actual therapy sessions without going yourself. Gottlieb and her co-host, Guy Winch, record therapy sessions with people who write in about challenges they’re facing (affairs, estrangement, stress, etc.). You …read more

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