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Running head: HEALTHY COMMUNICATION 1 Communication Makes for a Healthy Relationship Hello Michelina and Josh, Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Choosing a partner to share your life with is one of the happiest and most exciting times in your life. One of the best things about being married is having someone who you can share a look with and know what they are thinking or knowing someone so well that you are able to talk about anything with them. I’ve been married for almost 10 years now and there have been lots of ups and downs, but we’ve always kept it together because we have been able to communicate. It’s important to remember though that no matter how long you have been married, maintaining good communication with your spouse is paramount to making your relationship work, and making it work is really what it’s all about. Learning your partner’s communication style can help you maintain a good relationship because you will be able to recognize nonverbal cues about each other’s feelings, and understand how to verbalize in a way the other person understands, it also helps allow you to share yourself with the other person. Effective communication depends on a number of factors; in order to communicate effectively we need to ensure we are aware of the best ways to communicate both verbally and nonverbally, and all the barriers that can prevent great communication from happening. First I want you to consider what communication actually is, simply speaking to one another isn’t necessarily communication if you leave the conversation with two different interpretations of the outcome. Communication is a process that involves two or more people sending messages verbally and nonverbally and requires that both the sender and the receiver share the meaning of the message (Bevan & Sole, 2014). When I think about the early days of my relationship with my husband, I remember lots of frustrations and hurt feelings caused by miscommunications
HEALTHY COMMUNICATION 2 because we didn’t understand each other or try and send the message clearly, and because of that our messages were lost in translation. The longer we’ve been together the more we’ve learned to be clear and concise in our message to make sure the other person understands our meaning correctly. Another important aspect of communication to consider is nonverbal communication. Bevan and Sole (2014) describe nonverbal communication as “visual and vocal means, other than language, used to communicate.” It’s absolutely important to pay attention not only to the verbal messages your partner is sending, but also the nonverbal messages. The little physical movements our partners make can tell us a lot about how they are feeling, and it would be remiss of us to overlook those cues. A slight tilt of the head or raise of an eyebrow can communicate several things that words alone might not. “Relationships depend a lot on non-verbal communication for them to be strong and lasting. The quality of your relationships can be

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