Communication from the heart in Georgia
Strong communication skills are not only good for your relationships, they’re good for your health, too. People who socialize regularly tend to feel less stress, a greater sense of belonging, and higher self-confidence. Healthy communication skills can even boost your immune system and lower your risk of getting sick.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a good time to brush up on effective ways to communicate with your partner. These tips will strengthen all your relationships and give your overall health and happiness a boost:
- Listen actively. Show that you’re engaged in conversations by nodding, maintaining eye contact, and asking questions.
- Keep an open mind. Empathy and perspective go a long way in resolving conflict. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, even if you don’t agree with them.
- Express your concerns with kindness and respect. Bottling up your feelings increases your stress and strains your relationships. Respectfully speak up to clear the air and help make things right.
- Avoid blame. Use I-based language, such as “I feel ______ when this happens.”
- Meet halfway. Recommend solutions that would work for both of you, and don’t be afraid of compromise.
And last but not least, show your appreciation whenever you can. Everyone has struggles you may not be aware of, so sharing words of kindness will brighten their day — and yours.
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