1. Give active listening – being present and tuning in to your partner’s feelings
Active listening is a powerful technique that promotes empathy and understanding. The listener’s goal is to listen attentively to what the speaker has to say, and when there is an opportunity, to ask questions for clarification.
2. Ask open-ended questions for your relationship communication.
Many people struggle to have meaningful and productive conversations about their relationships. Often they resort to “quick fixes” such as one-word answers or polite talk that avoids any conflict. This is an unhelpful strategy because it can leads to resentment and discontentment later on. It is important for couples to take time out of their day (even just five minutes) to ask open-ended questions like, “What are your thoughts?”
3. Express empathy in your relationship – show you understand their point of view and offer comfort when needed
Getting in touch with your feelings and understanding the emotions of others isn’t always easy. It takes practice, but it’s an important part of any relationship. It’s a way of showing your loved ones that you care about where they are coming from, and that their feelings matter to you. Showing empathy can also help calm down an argument.
4. Avoid interrupting or talking over your partner – let them have their say without judgment
Interrupting or talking over your partner, even when you’re just trying to be helpful, can be very frustrating for them. It can also dominate the conversation and make them feel unheard. One way to avoid this is by jotting your thoughts down as they are speaking, or holding a finger up to remind yourself of your thoughts. While letting their thoughts flow uninterrupted. There will be plenty of time for you to share your thoughts later on in the conversation!
5. Be mindful about what you say and how you say it – be honest and as kind as possible
You may find it hard to be thoughtful about what you say if you are going through a hard time. In our everyday lives, we’re constantly exposed to people who don’t have the best intentions for us. It’s important to remember that what you say has an impact on other people. When it comes to communicating with others, we should aim to be as kind as possible and strive to not be careless with our words.
6. Use humor to lighten the mood
Humor is an excellent way to lighten the mood. It can help people in a bad mood feel better and it can also help people in a good mood feel better. Whether you are telling a joke or making fun of yourself, humor is always an excellent strategy for breaking the ice and getting others to relax.