Want Better Relationships? Good Communication is Key.
Being in relationship with people--whether romantic, platonic or work related-- requires communicating. Being in good relationship with people--whether romantic, platonic or work related, requires good communication. According to Dr. Kristin Davin, "Couples who struggle with lack of ((or poor) communication in their relationship usually experience ongoing, unresolved conflict, making it difficult to manage stressors such as finances, sexual intimacy, children, and work."
The good news? Good communication is a learnable skill. This article will explore what good communication is and why it's important.
What is Good communication?
Effective communication is about more than just exchanging information. It's about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. As well as being able to clearly convey a message, you need to also listen in a way that gains the full meaning of what's being said and makes the other person feel heard and understood.
In layperson's terms, that means good communication is more than just talking and listening. It's being present, interested and engaged. It's also being willing to tell the truth in a way that is kind and thoughtful.
Why is Good Communication Important?
Effective communication is one way to foster a positive, supportive relationship with your partner. When you actively listen and respond to your partner (and they do the same for you), both of you are more likely to feel valued and cared for.
In a related article, we'll explore 6 ways to become better at communicating with people you want to continue to be in relationship with.