How to improve your relationship: Love starts with empathy

Real Age and Sharecare explains how reading your partner’s emotions and feeling your partner’s efforts to understand your own emotions relate to happiness in the relationship.

Julie Hanks writes (excerpt):
Listen for emotional messages [the emotional message may be different than the words]

Push the pause button on your own emotions [instead of responding defensively, take a deep breath and hear the emotional message behind criticism]

Reflect back your partner’s emotional plea [respond to the emotional message]

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