Are You Communicating Effectively in Your Relationship? Part 1

November 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm | Posted in communication, love/relationship/marriage, self development/motivation | 2 Comments
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Good communication is the cornerstone of happy relationships. Learn how to talk and listen successfully

We all know good communication is at the heart of every good relationship. Whether it has been a wonderful or a rotten day, whether there has been a crisis or a triumph, sharing it in words makes you and your partner feel more understood, more appreciated, more loved. The ability to communicate well is the most important relationship skill of all.

Here are five foolproof lessons to help you both talk and listen effectively and conquer bad communication habits for good.

Lesson One: listen well

Though you probably listen to your partner a lot, do you listen effectively? Half-hearted attention, with one eye on the kids or the television, is often worse than not listening at all because it comes across as if you are not interested. Instead:

  • Set aside ten or twenty minutes with each other every day to ‘update’. If you have a busy life, it can seem like time wasted, but make sure concerns are aired and you understand each other. It really can avoid problems down the line.
  • When you are listening, aim to make your partner the centre of attention. Turn to him, look at him, and put other thoughts aside until he is finished speaking.
  • Use positive body language to acknowledge what he is saying with a nod or a smile. He will feel appreciated and therefore more likely to listen to you.
  • To show you have listened, repeat back what you have heard or ask a focused question. This shows him you understand and sympathise. Continue Reading Are You Communicating Effectively in Your Relationship? Part 1…

Love Language Part 5 – Physical Touch

November 5, 2008 at 5:56 pm | Posted in communication, love/relationship/marriage | Leave a comment
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We have long known that physical touch is a way of communicating emotional love. Research projects in the area of child development have made that conclusion: Babies who are held, hugged, and kissed develop a healthier emotional life than those who are left for long periods of time without physical contact.

Holding hands, kissing, embracing, and sexual intercourse are all ways of communicating emotional love to one’s spouse.

The touch of love may take many forms. Since touch receptors are located throughout the body, lovingly touching your spouse almost anywhere can be an expression of love. That does not mean that all touches are created equal.

Within every language, there are many dialects. Here below you will find just a few but in the end you need to understand your spouse’s dialect. Continue Reading Love Language Part 5 – Physical Touch…

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