When conflict arises, avoid using blameful language towards your partner as that invites negativity into the situation

Pick your battles is often given as advice for avoiding unnecessary conflict, but if you apply this advice to serious issues, it can be detrimental to your relationship. When conflict arises and the issue is of a serious nature to both or one partner, seek to put aside time when both are ready to discuss … Continue reading When conflict arises, avoid using blameful language towards your partner as that invites negativity into the situation

There are strategies you and your partner can use to effectively deal with conflict: For starters, resist the urge to bring up past experiences that have already been resolved

While pride, bias, and defensiveness are mechanisms that prevent us from dealing with conflict in a healthy, productive manner, there are strategies you and your partner can use to effectively deal with conflict in your relationship. Communicating assertively and taking responsibility for your own feelings and actions, and focusing solely on the issue at hand … Continue reading There are strategies you and your partner can use to effectively deal with conflict: For starters, resist the urge to bring up past experiences that have already been resolved

Pride, bias, and defense mechanisms prevent us from dealing with conflict in a healthy, productive manner

Let’s be honest—you and your partner are going to have disagreements. Sometimes they’ll be small (What movie should we watch?), but sometimes they’ll be more serious (When are we going to have children?). 'Pick your battles' is often given as advice for avoiding unnecessary conflict, but if you apply this advice to serious issues, it … Continue reading Pride, bias, and defense mechanisms prevent us from dealing with conflict in a healthy, productive manner

Healthy communication relies on both partners ability to be assertive and to listen actively considering each other’s needs

Communication is the foundation of your relationship; you and your partner rely on healthy communication skills to productively work through both celebrations and struggles in your relationship. Healthy communication relies on both partners ability to be assertive and to listen actively. To recap, assertiveness is expressing your feelings and asking for what you want in … Continue reading Healthy communication relies on both partners ability to be assertive and to listen actively considering each other’s needs

Communication: Try to avoid blame, criticism, and judgement. Instead, focus on the good!

Sure, we communicate with our partner regularly, but the quality (which really matters) is not always a concern. Productive, supportive, positive communication is vital to relationship health. When communicating with your partner, try to avoid blame, criticism, and judgement. Instead, focus on the good! Give praise to your partner and share affirmations which help increase … Continue reading Communication: Try to avoid blame, criticism, and judgement. Instead, focus on the good!

Assertiveness and active listening are two skills that will help shape a positive environment for communication in your relationship

To recap, assertiveness is expressing your feelings and asking for what you want in the relationship, while active listening is listening attentively without interrupting and restating what was heard. The process of active listening lets the speaker know if their message was accurately received. It’s imperative for the listener to acknowledge the content and the … Continue reading Assertiveness and active listening are two skills that will help shape a positive environment for communication in your relationship

Assertiveness and active listening are two skills that help shape a positive environment for communication in your relationship

There are two skills that will help shape a positive environment for communication in your relationship: assertiveness and active listening. Let's firstly talk about assertiveness. Assertiveness is expressing your feelings and asking for what you want in the relationship. Assertiveness is a valuable communication skill. In successful couples, both individuals tend to be quite assertive. … Continue reading Assertiveness and active listening are two skills that help shape a positive environment for communication in your relationship

Shared values and beliefs may strengthen your relationship, while shared expression of values and beliefs makes your bond even deeper

Your spiritual journey can be a key area for reflection and discussion with your partner. Through the sharing of beliefs and discussing your preferences for practicing and expressing spirituality, you can strengthen this area of your relationship. Application: Shared values and beliefs may strengthen your relationship, while shared expression of values and beliefs makes your … Continue reading Shared values and beliefs may strengthen your relationship, while shared expression of values and beliefs makes your bond even deeper

Your relationship can be strengthened when you celebrate shared perspectives and respect differences

Even though spirituality is a personal journey, your relationship can be strengthened when you celebrate shared perspectives and respect differences. Sharing beliefs with each other and discussing your preferences for practicing and expressing spirituality can strengthen this area of your relationship. Be cautious, though, as spirituality is ever-changing and there may be times when you … Continue reading Your relationship can be strengthened when you celebrate shared perspectives and respect differences