By Wellness and Fitness expert, Brett Blumenthal for GalTime.com communicating effectively for a healthier well-being
Healthy communication is the foundation for healthy relationships. Clearly and calmly expressing feelings and thoughts, while allowing others to do the same enables you to bridge communication gaps so you can build stronger, more harmonious connections with others.
To ensure your healthily communicating with others, try the following:
1. Actively Listen: Listen to and engage the other person so they know you value what they’re saying is important. Avoid interrupting, or impatiently waiting for them to finish so you can say what’s on your mind. Summarize what they’ve said in a sentence or two and repeat it back to them. This will give them an opportunity to either correct you if you’ve misunderstood or misheard them, or affirm that you did understand them correctly.
2. Keep Attitudes in Check: Leave attitudes or egos at the door. Further, avoid belittling or criticizing the other person. Fake listening, too, is disrespectful and many people see it is as insincere. Be open to what the other person is saying, and try not to jump to conclusions. Be sensitive to others and come to the table with an open, honest mindset. Be patient and respectful of others, as their feelings and opinions are just as important as yours.
3. Use Body Language: Look into the eyes of the person with whom you’re speaking. This signals a level of interest that encourages a deeper connection and level of trust. Also, keep your body at ease, while maintaining good posture. This is more inviting to other people, as compared to closing off your body with crossed arms or hunched over shoulders. If appropriate, touch the other person’s arm during the conversation to signal you feel close or are sympathetic to what they are saying.
4. Be Clear. Be Brief: A discussion takes two. Individuals who drone on and on about a topic or themselves can 1) lose their audience due to disinterest or boredom or 2) send a message that the other person’s time or involvement is of little significance or importance. Make an effort to be clear and brief when making points, and ensure you give the other person equal opportunity to get in their points or thoughts.
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