If you’re not happy, change something. If you’re unfulfilled in your job, do something different. If you’re with the wrong person, don’t settle for it. If you’ve always wanted to try, be, or do something else, but it might mean a pay cut or demotion, take the risk. Your happiness is the most important thing. Being a happy, fulfilled human being means you can contribute so much more to those around you; you can be a better partner, parent, friend, and colleague.
—  Joanna Hulin

15+ Principles to to Communicate Better in a Relationship

Communication is hard work. That’s why it’s the key to any healthy relationship. Understanding these principles will also help your communication skills in day-to-day life!

Do you know all the ways to best communicate?

  1. Learn to say what you mean.

  2. Use “I” or “me” statements.
    Don’t start an argument off by accusing your partner of making a mistake. If you say, “You always…” or “You never…” then your partner’s guard will be up and he’ll be less likely to listen to your perspective. Instead, say something like, “I’ve noticed that…” or “Lately, I’ve been feeling like…” Making the discussion centered around your feelings will make your partner feel less like they’re being castigated and more like they’re part of a productive discussion.

  3. Keep as calm as you can.

  4. Maintain positive body language.

  5. Project your ideas with confidence.

  6. Have a game plan before you begin.

  7. Put yourself in your partner’s place.

  8. Allow your partner the freedom to work through internal conflicts.

  9. Give him or her your full attention.

  10. Let him finish.

  11. Mind the gap.

  12. Maintain intimacy.

  13. Learn to recognize when your partner is upset.

  14. Be proactive.

  15. Lighten up.

  16. Know when a conversation is no longer productive.

  17. Learn to compromise.

  18. Don’t forget to appreciate each other.

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