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Notice the small things

June 5, 2012

 

Here’s a great idea…

In their book, 10 Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, John and Julie Gottman say, “Try to notice all the small things that each of you contributes to your life together, and when you see them, let your partner know you’ve noticed and that you’re grateful.” (p. 114)

In other words…

It’s easy to notice when our partners do things that bother us, and these little annoyances can quickly add up. The way to counteract annoyance is to remember the things you appreciate and admire about your partner.

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

Actively look for things you enjoy about your partner. Notice the small things that make your life and relationship better. And when you notice those things, express your appreciation. Look for any reason to offer sincere compliments.

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. You can also read 10 Lessons to Transform Your Marriage.

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