While making a joke at your partner’s expense is probably not the best way to use humor, try making one at your own expense. You’ll lighten the mood while remaining respectful of your partner, and it may also help reduce tensions when emotions are running high.
You can try to avoid conflict by tamping down negative emotions and brushing seemingly minor issues under the rug, but at some point, they will come back to bite you. Many times this is in the form of a blowup that is completely disproportional to whatever seemed to trigger it. You end up fighting not only about the topic at hand but ten other previously unaddressed issues as well.
As uncomfortable as it can be, the best way to avoid this situation and grow as a couple is to deal with issues as they occur. Studies have shown that it is not whether a couple fights that predicts divorce, but how they fight.
Here are some tips for fighting respectfully and making an argument an opportunity for growth and resolution:
- 5. Crack a joke:
- Using a little lighthearted humor, used skilfully is likely to lighten the mood while remaining respectful of your partner. It also enables communication without getting your partners defences up.
- Sharing a joke can create intimacy and connection and has been proven to be good for physical health. Laughter has also been proven to relieve stress, elevate mood enhance creativity, and make you more resilient.
You might be surprised by the increased sense of connection and intimacy in your relationship after working through an issue by “fighting fair”. Conflict can be constructive!
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