6 Surprising Ways to Communicate Better With Your Partner
Use a technique called “active listening” - a form of listening in which you acknowledge that you understand what is being said.
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You communicate a genuine interest when you inquire or listen to the small details that make up your partner’s day. It’s those insignificant moments that make up the reality of our lives.
Words are not necessary for shared feelings to improve a relationship. Just doing something at the same time—riding bikes, watching a movie, or eating dessert, intensifies both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
Don’t assume that you know the answers.
Finding a healthy balance between talking and listening is difficult in most relationships, but even harder as you get to know each other, so it’s important that you both get a chance to talk and listen.
Simply spending time together doing unimportant and supposedly meaningless activities—reading the paper, listening to music, watching TV, or doing laundry—can be more important to the health of a relationship than talking about feelings.
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Be curious about your partner’s point of view rather than trying to anticipate every situation. Active listening involves:
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