12 tips for communicating with your spouse

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1. Try to use more “I” more than “you” when communicating 

2. Avoid trying to be a mind reader; you’re not psychic 

3. Listen Actively: FORCE YOURSELF TO HEAR 

4. Don’t get defensive while listening 

5. Don’t engage/communicate with spouse like you’re talking to your business partner 

6. Have an attitude of gratitude 

7. Just because you think it doesn’t mean you have to say it 

8. Leave the past in the past 

9. Being aware of your tone is essential: STAY CALM 

10. If angry or feeling like you’re getting angry call a timeout or choose a “hot” word: TAKE A BREAK 

11. Try to understand more so than being understood 

12. Remember, men and women communicate differently