Friday, December 24, 2010

Marriage - Three Tips

How do we talk to our spouses in loving and respectful ways? Here are three tips from Hopeway which I find extremely helpful. [Credit: Hopeway]

  1. Learn to express your feelings through three loving attitudes: warmth, empathy, and sincerity. These are common words, but what do they mean? Warmth is the friendly acceptance of a person. Empathy is the ability to understand and identify with a person's feelings. Sincerity is showing a genuine concern for a person without changing your attitude toward him when circumstances change.
  2. Learn to share your feelings when angry or irritated without using "you" statements and instead replacing them with "I feel" statements.
  3. Learn to wait until your anger or feelings of irritability have subsided before you begin to discuss a sensitive issue.
Though it is written from a female perspective, husbands can also practice them quite applicably.


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