When it comes to relationships, we all try our best to communicate well with our partners. We know that good communication is crucial to maintaining a happy and long-lasting relationship. We also know that having a positive outlook reduces conflicts that couples experience in a relationship. While we all want to have better communication with our partner, we don't always commit to it. We often have trouble figuring out how to improve our communication. The following are five questions you can start asking your loved one to improve your communication:
1. “How are you doing?”
There is some etiquette required when you ask this question. Take a few moments before asking and look directly into your partner’s eyes. If you think there's something that they really need to talk to you about, touch their arm or should to let them know you support them and will be there for them.
2. “I want to help. Is there anything I can do?”
This is the question you should ask your partner when you find that they're busy, stressed or frustrated. Asking this question will let them know that you acknowledge what they're going through and want to help. It helps to make eye contact or physical contact when asking this, to reinforce your commitment.
3. “What is important to you?”
This is the question you should ask your partner when they're trying to make an important decision. Asking this question will also let you know what kind of decision they're trying to make. If you want to have a happy, healthy relationship, it’s important for you to understand your partner’s thinking. It's important to know their heartfelt answer to this question. Asking this will make them think about what they value the most in their life and share it with you.
4. “What would you like to do?”
If you are planning a date, trip, or just want to figure out what your partner's goals are, then this is a question you ask during free time. Finding honest answers to this question will let you know your partner's wants, desires, and future aspirations.
5. “Do you feel happy with where our relationship is heading?”
Yes, this question isn’t something you should be asking your significant other on a daily basis, but it is an important question. All couples should have a conversation about this every so often. Asking this question will make you and your partner know how things have been going between the two of you. It will also make both of you to become aware of any issues in the relationship or marriage that need to be fixed so that your relationship stays healthy.