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HOW TO BETTER COMMUNICATION IN YOUR MARRIAGE

1. ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS

Ask questions that require more than a yes or no answer, questions that initiate conversations such as "How was your day?", "How did you get that scar?", "How is your heart?"


2. FIND OUT TOPICS YOUR SPOUSE ENJOYS

Don't just talk about bills and responsibilities, engage your spouse in conversations your spouse enjoys such as business, leadership, general knowledge, design... talks about life and emotions


3. USE ENDEARING NAMES

When you call your spouse with special names such as "Darling", "Hun", "Sweetheart", "Love" it makes the communication sweeter


4. REPLY OR CALL BACK AS SOON AS YOU CAN

Ignoring or delaying to reply or calling back your spouse discourages communication


5. BE COURTEOUS

Learn to say "Thank you", "Please", "Kindly", it makes your tone warmer and less entitled


6. HAVE HUMOUR IN MARRIAGE

The more you two laugh together, the closer you will get


7. SPEND QUALITY TIME

There are some conversations that cannot be rushed and you two will only have them when you spend adequate time together


8. SOLVE ISSUES QUICKLY

Issues kill communication. Learn to swallow your pride and reconcile faster


9. ASK YOUR SPOUSE IF EVERYTHING IS OK WHEN HE/SHE IS ACTING WEIRD

If you notice your spouse has changed or not himself/herself; ask... sometimes all your spouse needs is an invitation to open up


10. APOLOGIZE AND FORGIVE

If you do wrong, say sorry. Stop holding on to grudges. People who value their love do this


11. AVOID SILENT TREATMENT

Stop trying to punish your spouse with silent treatment, it only pushes your spouse away


12. AVOID TALKING ALOT WHEN ANGRY

When people are angry, they tend to say regrettable things. Hold your tongue


13. AGREE ON HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICTS

When things are good between you two, agree on how to go about conflict to minimize misunderstandings


14. PRAY OFTEN

Talking with God often as a couple makes you two connect better


15. INVOLVE YOUR SPOUSE IN DECISION MAKING 

The more you show your spouse his/her opinion matters, the more your spouse will feel connected to you


16. MAKE LOVE OFTEN

Enjoying pleasure together heightens communication 

©️ Dayan Masinde

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