Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Newlyweds: Communication Tips for a Healthy Marriage

Some of the worst times in my marriage are when my husband and I seem to lose all sense of effective communication - getting defensive, talking in circles, rolling our eyes, speaking in a hurtful tone of voice, and altogether feeling as though we are creeping closer and closer to the point of no return. But the more we learn to communicate in a positive and constructive way, the fewer and farther between those abysmal moments become. Working as a team to develop healthy communication habits will bring you and your husband closer together and help you to fulfill the real purpose of marriage - for two people to become one, rather than for one person to be working against the other.
Say "thank you" at least once every day. For Valentine's Day, I wrote a whole list of things I was thankful for in my husband's card. Not only did he appreciate the gesture, it also gave me some much-needed perspective to step back and look with gratitude at all he does for me on a daily basis. There is often so much to be grateful for in a marriage that goes "un-thanked." We grow accustomed to certain treatment and take favors for granted. Even if it's something that you think your husband should be doing, thank him for it. It will mean a lot to him, and it will probably motivate him to continue happily contributing just as much to your marriage and your household.

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What communication tips do you have for a healthy marriage?

1 comment:

  1. I always believe that communication is really vital for a healthy marriage. No matter how long you have stayed married to a person, they still need to be told they are loved. Communication is a big part in keeping a relationship happy and healthy so it must not be forgotten, no matter how busy the day may get.

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