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Leaving things unsaid

March 1, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

Harlan Miller says, “Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving three or four things a day unsaid.”

In other words…

When our partner does something that we don’t like, no matter how small, our natural inclination is to complain to them about it. This can lead to large amounts of negativity in our relationships. If we refrain from making some of those critical comments about our partner, we will set our relationships up for success.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Find three or four negative things you can leave unsaid each day. When a critical thought about your partner comes to mind, choose to be silent. Find something positive to say that will help build your partner up instead.

To find out more…

about couple relationships, check out The Marriage Garden program at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent.

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