They say communication to a relationship is like oxygen to life, without it… it dies. Communication is an important tool to develop a healthy & flourishing relationship with your partner.
Many people confuse talking, chatting, with their significant other, as a form of communication. It could be if it were with your colleague, friends, family etc but with your partner, it has a much deeper meaning… in thoughts, in mind, and in handling difficult situations.
Here are some tips that can help couples develop better communication skills:
- Listen to your partner: This is the first on the list because for you to say you want to communicate with your partner, you will have to listen well to what he/she is saying. Most of the time, we are in such a rush to convey our point of view that we do not want to listen to what our partner is trying to tell us. listen is a skill that can be developed daily if you set your mind to the task.
- Adopt the right approach: when communicating with your partner, adopt a positive approach. Your conversation is not a battle which you need to win.
- Be honest with your partner: Most of the friction and stiffness that happen between couples can be traced back to honesty. If you are being honest and sincere with your partner in every conversation you make, things will be a lot easier and you will definitely give room for trust.
- Avoid the blame game: In a relationship, one of the partners is always a victim. No doubt about that. But do we really need to make it obvious? If you are to discuss a certain unpleasant incident, then curb the urge to blame and criticize the other partner, because this may your provoke your partner to do the same to you when you do wrong…. and the conversation goes on and on. To develop and maintain a healthy communication level, focus on the discussion and avoid criticism and blames.
- Be attentive to non-verbal communication signals: Non-verbal communication signals refer to one’s body language signs. You must pay attention to how your partner conveys his/her feelings through his/her body language. Non-verbal communication can be very helpful in understanding what the other person approves or disapproves.
- Communicate with decency and respect: Always communicate with your partner n a decent and respectful manner. If you want respect, you will have to give respect also. You cannot expect your partner to love you unconditionally when you don not give respect.
I hope these few tips would help in fostering a healthy, happy and respectable relationship.