Listening is an extremely important part of any health relationship. How you listen to your partner, or anyone for that matter, can influence connection, conflict, and stress. Here are 4 tips that you can use to help improve your listening skills today.
- When someone is speaking to you attune to what they are saying. Listen with the goal of understanding and curiosity. Do not listen to defend or criticize.
- Use active listening skills such as eye contact, head nodding, question asking, and validating comments.
- After the person is done speaking, summarize what they just said back to them. Do this until they are satisfied with your summary.
- Validate their perspective. Even if you do not agree with them, validate that you understand how they are seeing the situation.
These 4 steps can go a long way in helping build whatever relationship you want to work on.