By Damilola Faustino
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy and happy relationship is communicating with your partner. So, if you are having trouble talking about your feelings with someone you love, here are surprising ways to improve or boost your communication with your significant other.
Make small talk
You may think to talk about a TV show or even the weather is far from connecting emotionally, but these supposedly insignificant details are actually more likely to improve your close emotional ties to your partner than a so-called deep discussion of your feelings.
Share small insignificant experiences
You feel closer to others when they can talk about experiences you have in common. These shared experiences do not have to be in words. Just doing something at the same time like watching a movie, or having dinner, intensifies both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
Knowing that you are being heard is one of the experiences most likely to cement a feeling of connection to another. One way to improve your listening skills is to use a technique called active listening. This is a form of listening in which you acknowledge not only that you are listening—as with a nod of the head – but also by asking questions and contributing.
Talk about yourself but not too much
Finding a healthy balance between talking and listening is difficult in most relationships, but even harder as you get to know each other, so it’s important that you both get a chance to talk and listen.
Do not assume that you know the answers. Anything you do not understand, just ask for clarifications. It simply shows that you are listening. So, feigning that you fathom what he or she is saying won’t help your love life.
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