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Marriage Tips - 7 ways to encourage better communication in your home

Successful marriages are built on good communication and trust. A union that lacks these two key qualities is on the verge of collapse.

The best way to connect with your spouse is by communication, because he/she is not a mind reader who would know what you're thinking if you don't say it.
Successful marriages are built on good communication and trust. A union that lacks these two key qualities is on the verge of collapse.
Below are seven ways you can help encourage healthy communication in your home:
  1. Be a good listener: You can't always be the one doing all the talking. The only way you can improve on your communication is by listening to each other. Have been listening to your spouse lately?
  2. Timing is crucial: Choose the right time for important discussions. Don't bring up a major issue when your partner is distracted. Schedule a specific time to address important issues. Know when to speak and when to listen.
  3. Don't criticize your partner: It's fine to address a matter but when you attack the person, they become defensive and communication fails. Are you being critical of the one you are supposed to be building up?
  4. Be willing to give each other credit for differences: There are so many - Men, don't talk to your wives the same way you talk to your guy friends. She is more tender hearted, and understand that a deeper meaning is often attached to what they are saying. Women, if you want your husband to understand something, you must say it in a language he understands - simple and straight-forward. Men don't easily read subtleties or between the lines.
  5. Control your emotions: When a woman starts crying or the man's anger rises, even though both can be natural responses for either person, communication is hindered. Wait until the intense emotions calm, then address the issue. But make sure you address the issue.
  6. Encourage resolutions: Don't let issues linger for too long. The longer an issue lingers, the harder it is to settle. Don't let the sun go down on your anger.
  7. Be ready to humble yourself and forgive: Marriage is not easy. Everyone makes mistakes; marriage must be free flowing with grace. If you are holding any grudge against your spouse, you need to let it out or else it would be nearly impossible to communicate with them effectively.
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