A New Day, A Fresh Perspective on Communication
We always hear that “Communication is key to a successful relationship,” but what does that mean exactly?
While tips on how to communicate typically center on expressing negative emotions to avoid unhealthy arguments, there happens to be a lot more behind communication that affects our relationships.
In the spirit of a new day, and the new goals we like to set for ourselves, here are 4 new ways to improve your communication, to further improve your relationships.
1. Show Appreciation
We always feel the need to communicate our feelings when we’ve been hurt or disappointed, but there is also a need to communicate our feelings when we feel proud, thankful, and appreciative. How often do you take a moment to think about how thankful you are for your loved ones? I know for me, I tend to think about these positive thoughts when it’s Thanksgiving, a birthday, or a holiday, but why not once a week?
*To do* Think about your loved ones and let them know how happy you are that they are in your lives and how proud you are of their accomplishments. Doing this is actually a proven boost of good vibes direct to your brain.
2. Share your Expectations
Whether you are looking for a new job, entering into a new relationship, or moving to the next phase with a serious partner, we always have a right to share what we are looking for, and what makes us happy.
*To do* Think about what it is you are currently looking for and don’t be afraid to communicate to others.
3. Pause and Listen
Listening is also a form of communication and just as important as sharing your thoughts and feelings. Taking the time to listen to others shows you care and respect the other person. Sometimes lending our ear to a friend is exactly what they need to feel better.
*To do*Ask your friends and family how they’re doing and take the time to listen to what’s going on in their lives, it will mean a lot to them.
4. Show Empathy
Empathy is one of the most important qualities we look for in partners, friends, and people we surround ourselves with. If anyone has shared that they have been hurt emotionally in any way, expressing empathy is the best cure.
*To do*The next time someone shares a negative experience, let them know how difficult and frustrating that must be, and validate their feelings, it’s really all they need. Avoid trying to downplay their situation or say that they don’t need to be upset.