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Communication is Key for a Healthy Relationship

By Randi Morse 

Have you ever heard of the anniversary dance? It's a dance often performed at weddings. The DJ asks all married couples to dance together. Slowly, a bit at a time, the DJ asks people to leave the dance floor. First couples that have only been married for a year leave, then couples who have only been married for 2 years leave, until you wind up with the couple at the wedding who have been married longest. One of my favorite things is when the DJ asks the couple the secret to staying married for so long. The gentlemen of the pair almost always answers with, "she's always right." While that answer garners some laughs, it's completely wrong. The key to keeping almost all relationships healthy is communication. 

Why Is It Hard? 

Why is it so hard to communicate with someone you deeply care about? It can be hard to talk about feelings. When you have built a history with a person, you get used to their responses. If you went to them with a problem at one point, and their answer was not what you had hoped, it can be difficult to put yourself out there again. There are some things we can all do to help make us better communicators with those we care about. 

Talk About the Weather 

I don't mean talk about the actual weather. What I mean is to make small talk with your partner. Now, how is talking about what happened on your favorite TV show helping you communicate better? Learning all these tiny details, which television character your partner thinks needs to leave the series, or which cooking show you prefer the best, helps to give even more insight into each other's lives. Once you start talking about these seemingly mundane things, you may find that you moved on to enjoy the experiences together. Being able to talk about experiences you have shared is important in a healthy relationship. 

Learn to Listen 

One of the biggest mistakes the majority of us make is that we listen to someone else talk in order to respond to them. What this means is that in your mind, while the other person is talking, you are already formulating a response. For good communication, this needs to stop. You need to learn to just listen. By taking in what your partner is telling you, not only does the possibility of miscommunication shrink dramatically, they are going to feel more secure when speaking with you as they know you will truly listen. 

Communication is not always easy, especially when you have something serious to talk about. But not speaking with your partner can put a massive amount of strain on a relationship. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Owings Mills, Md.

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