Healthy Communication is the ability to communicate without offering hateful or hurtful responses.
Effective Communication is the process of exchanging ideas, opinions, thoughts, knowledge, and information so that the message has a purpose, and is received and understood with clarity. Both parties in the conversation feel satisfied.
Active Listening involves going beyond simply hearing the words that another person speaks but also seeking to understand the meaning and intent behind them.
Healthy and effective communication is a vital part of all relationships and is the essence of a healthy partnership. This is part two of our lesson on healthy and effective communication. As I previously said in part one, all relationships have ups and downs, but a healthy and effective communication style can make it less challenging to deal with conflict and it aids in building a stronger and healthier partnership. Here are the last five benefits of healthy and effective communication.
6. It takes the guesswork out
Mark Twain said: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything”. This is one of the biggest benefits of honest communication within a relationship. It can be frustrating and annoying to figure out if a person is lying. Withholding and having to remember a string of lies doesn’t promote a healthy relationship. Learning healthy and effective communication skills releases you from the fear of being found out. Being open and honest about your business takes the guesswork off both of you and your relationship becomes simpler and ultimately happier.
7. Helps avoid misunderstandings
In a relationship, there are going to be bad days and opportunities for misunderstandings. Sometimes we miscommunicate and other times forget to share important information. Healthy and effective communication helps to prevent that from happening. When you are expressing yourself to the person you love, you feel safe enough to say what’s on your mind because you know they will listen and respond in a loving way. Because you both speak with truth while communicating there is no room for misunderstandings. This is a much better way to handle your relationship, and it takes the pressure off being worried about saying the wrong thing.
8. Encourages partners to support each other
Life will bring you many challenges. However, when you run into personal challenges, openly communicate with your partner so they can be there for you when you need them the most. If you have been using healthy and effective communication, they can provide you with a shoulder to lean on, an empathetic voice, and a heart of compassion. This can help them feel they are part of the process of supporting you. Understand no one can help you if you don’t tell them what you need. When you both are supporting each other through difficult times, it makes the journey a lot easier.
9. Enhances the love between the partners
Healthy and Effective communication on a consistent bases helps remind you and your partner of why you fell in love, to begin with. Incorporating a date night once a week is a perfect time to take a walk down memory lane and share details of what brought you together. It can remind you of the feeling you had when you first saw each other. That kind of communication brings back memories that got you to fall in love in the first place. If both of you are putting in the effort to keep the fires stoked, it lessens the risk of drifting apart.
10. It lifts your mood
One of the greatest gifts in any relationship is being a part of your partner’s joy and happiness. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to share some good news or a special surprise with the one you love. When someone is authentically happy and has a partner with whom their communication is healthy, their happiness flows straight to the heart of their partner. When you are honest and joyful about something in your life, that honest communication allows you to express your emotions. Sharing your happiness with someone openly sets a mood of happiness that is multiplied. This is a healthier way to process your emotions and build a loving relationship.
Love and Blessings,
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