Couples often say that their spouse doesn’t listen to them. Here are the top 10 ways to listen to your spouse:
- See the situation through the other person’s eyes. You’ll be able to change their mind easier if you know exactly where they are coming from.
- Ask questions to clarify what they are saying.
- Don’t let your mind wander. Listen for the main idea so you can make sense out of what they’re saying and respond correctly.
- Don’t antagonize them. “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” Proverbs 18:13
- Part of loving a person is enjoying them. Care about what they care about.
- Look at the person who is talking to you. Don’t be distracted by other things. Stop what you are doing.
- Don’t be impatient, shaking your leg and wanting to be out of there.
- Paraphrase occasionally to make sure you understand what they are saying.
- Create an environment where your spouse feels safe and loved and not judged.
- Treat them how you would like to be treated.
Listening requires time and effort, but it’s worth it because you end up with a greater oneness in your marriage.
For some fun examples of how to listen to your spouse, watch this free webinar: “Listening to Your Husband.”
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