Here's another quote I came across that I found inspiring and thought that perhaps you would too. It reminded me of the importance of friendliness and freedom in human relations:
"Love is respect, tremendous respect; love is a deep liking; and love is sheer joy in the presence of the one you love. What else is Love?"
from Osho. 2009. Life, Love, Laughter. pg 98.
Yesterday, I was wondering, as I talked with a friend, "How can I respect myself in this conversation?" It seemed to help. I immediately became less stressed and more at ease in her presence.