Trust lies at heart of every relationship

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 June, 2008, 12:00am

It is very hard to trust someone or to earn someone's trust.

The basis of friendship is trust. When we trust our friends, we lend them money when they are in need.

The basis of marriage is also trust. When we trust our better half, we marry them in the hope that they will be by our side in happiness and in sorrow.

When we trust our siblings, we tell them our secrets and problems in the hope that they will help us.

When trust is destroyed, it's very hard to trust that person again, no matter how many years you try. It's just so difficult sometimes.

So whatever you do, be loyal and don't break the basis of every relationship.

Jatinder, California School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Jatinder. Without trust, it would be impossible to have any sort of relationship. Even in professional relationships, or those with superiors - your teacher or your boss, for example - there needs to be a level of trust.

But it can be easy to lose that trust.

Maybe someone will share a piece of news you told them in confidence. Or maybe you will talk about someone behind their back.

This sort of behaviour makes it hard to trust one another.

Be open and honest in all relationships. If you have an issue, deal directly with the people involved. This will make it easier for trust to exist. And that means your relationships will be longer lasting and more secure.

Karly, Sub-editor