Effective communication between couples plays a vital role in making a marriage successful. It is through communication that you express our thoughts, emotions and ideas to each other. When the two of you were a newly married couple, at that time, communicating with your spouse was quite easy as there were so many things to say and so many things to know.
However, with passage of time, the curiosity to learn about each other dies out, and a communication gap develops. Lack of communication in relationships results in misunderstandings and conflicts. Talking to your spouse regularly can keep such marital problems at bay.
Tips for Communicating with Your Spouse
During communication with your spouse, there are some guidelines that need to be followed, so that both of you can share your views with each other comfortably. They are as follows:
Even if children or friends are around, you cannot focus your attention on the discussion. Therefore, it will be better if you can select an isolated location where you can give undivided attention to each other. It could be in the comforts of your bedroom. Or, you can go for a walk or long drive where you can talk more freely.
On the other hand, when you talk politely, he or she will be more willing to listen to what you say. Many a time, words expressed out of anger create a lot of misunderstanding or may hurt your partner very badly. For that you may have to regret later.
Some differences of opinion should not break your relationship. Rather, discussion on those differences with an open mind can resolve many issues. However, do not just keep talking about the dislikes only, talk about those things that you like about him or her. This will keep the conversation going in a positive atmosphere.
Do not just sit quietly, but maintain a receptive body language that shows you are listening. Let him or her express her thoughts and opinions freely. Even if you disagree with those thoughts, give a ear to each and every word, with an open mind. Once he has finished, then you can give your reaction.
This will irritate the person who is talking. Maintain eye contact even when you are talking, which in turn assures the listener that you are speaking honestly. Moreover, eye contact, gentle touching, holding hands will make both of you feel closer to each other.
With your busy work schedule, household chores, managing kids there is very little time that is left for each other. However, efforts have to be made to spend at least half an hour of your day, exclusively with your spouse. This will lessen your misunderstandings and grudges, and your marital bond will strengthen more than ever before.