Communication and ListeningBuilding communication is the first step in building, or re-building your marriage.
As I pondered what Brad had to share about how men handle snowballs coming at them and whether or not they should share that with their wife, I really started to evaluate how I respond to such occasions.
Every second of every day our brains make decisions on what to listen to and what to ignore.
I know that some of you didn’t like the word nagging and wife going together in Brad’s last post, The Nagging Wife Syndrome. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising.
Whether you are newly married or have been married for years, effective communication in marriage is an essential skill to ensure you will be together for life. In the articles below, you can read advice from couples who are mastering habits and skills necessary to develop positive communication skills in their marriages.
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In a marriage, in any relationship, does communication create a connection or does the connection create communication? I would argue that connection (not communication) is the key to a good marriage, and the stronger the connection is the more communication there will be.
When you’re out with a group of friends, do you tend to talk more with the people you have a good connection with or the people you don’t know very well?

I’m not trying to lessen the importance of communication because it is important in a relationship. We tend to only notice and address the negative things in life – even in our relationships unless we work at noticing the positive things. Please note: We reserve the right to delete comments that are in poor taste, offensive, or off-topic.
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Brad shared in, “Is Your Wife Elevator Music,” that he has struggled at times with being an active listener. Call it tuning out, turning off, or ignoring; it can be very easy to mentally check out and totally miss what is going on around you. The lack of communication in marriage can be a significant cause of divorce not to mention general unhappiness in your relationship. To put it another way – good communication in a marriage is the result of a strong connection.
If communication was the critical part of those relationships, there would no longer be a relationship. Communication is even somewhat reciprocal with connection (the more we communicate the more we connect), but connection is much more critical to the relationship.

Find some hobbies or other activities that you enjoy doing together and do them as much as possible. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers. Check out these posts for some tips, ideas and hopefully some understanding in how to build your communication skills and improve your marriage.
Now, we try very hard to turn off all the noise going on around us, so that we can share our lives and hearts with one another.
But in this case, I’m talking about intentionally sitting down and talking to learn more about each other. So, I’m taking on this bad habit but, remember when I say this that our husband’s have things they struggle with as well. Even if you don’t mention these things to your spouse (but it would be great if you do) noticing the positive will build up the relationship. Communication is so important to a marriage and therefore it can be a major stumbling block too.
To get you started, you can work through these 50 questions, or complete these Relationship Challenges.

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