Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Being Kind Is More Important Than Being Right'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Being Kind Is More Important Than Being Right'

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Partners in a relationship can develop empathy and understanding by listening to each other's points of view. Here are some ideas about communicating as a couple from Edward M. Hallowell and Sue George Hallowell, in their book "Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption."

Create a relationship process-a set of habits, rituals, traditions and daily practices that keep you in touch with each other, making sure that you're tending to each other's needs every day.

Build in some boundaries to avoid interruptions.

Don't take your partner for granted. Try to see him or her with fresh eyes daily. And don't assume your partner can see what's plainly clear to you.

Learn to control your anger. Make it like a sneeze: brief, clearing the air, then forgotten.

If a fight is about to escalate, ask yourself, "Is this worth it? …

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