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The Secret to a Happy Relationship Is Empathy

psychologytoday.com

What is the Secret to a Happy Relationship?

The secret sauce in a happy relationship isn't magic; it's .

  • Feeling empathy is the ability to imagine what someone else is thinking and feeling.

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How can you tell if your relationship lacks empathy?

One sign is that you assume your partner has the same needs and boundaries as you do and that they experience life the same way as well.

  • A relationship without empathy quickly hits a bump.
  • A few weeks or months in, you discover your partner is not the person y...

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Empathy can create a bridge and generate mutual respect

A long term relationship has to be based on more than shared likes and mutual dislikes.

You and your partner may agree 99% of the time, but it's that 1% that can spell disaster if there's no empathy between you.

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How Do You Develop Empathy?

You develop empathy within a relationship by regularly listening to each other's thoughts and feelings.

Seeing the world from your partner's point of view helps to build closeness as well as respect

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Exercise to Build Empathy in Your Relationship

On separate pieces of paper, write your answers to the following questions. Don't help each other or share your responses until the end.

  1. What makes your partner happy? How do they act when happy? Are there words or gestures they use to indicate their mood?
  2. What makes your partn...

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Exercise to Build Empathy in Your Relationship (cont.)

  1. What activities does your partner enjoy? Are they good at what they do? Do they need to excel, or are they content just doing it?
  2. What does your partner like about you? What do you think they find irritating?
  3. What do you think you could say or do to enhance your partner's lif...

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What You Really Need to Create Empathy

What you need to create empathy is to listen - REALLY LISTEN - to your partner when they speak.

Listening doesn't mean waiting for your turn to talk. It means :

  • asking questions if you're unclear about something they have said,

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Empathy is the Secret to a Successful Relationship

The secret to a successful relationship, whether you're the couple that agrees 99 percent of the time or the couple with seemingly nothing in common, is EMPATHY. Now you have the skills to brew some up in your relationship.

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