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Active Listening

It is no secret that effective communication between couples is an absolutely vital component of healthy relationships. What seems to be less obvious, however, is that in order for communication to be truly effective, couples need to master and continuously practice the art of active listening. Since most people are born with it, the ability to hear others is no special feat. Being able to listen, on the other hand, does not come quite so easily. Learning how to really listen to others is a skill that requires effort and practice but luckily, the payoffs are plentiful.

The great thing about learning and mastering active listening skills is that they will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable resource not only in your dating life but also in every other aspect of your life that requires any level of social interaction. When you listen to somebody else, you are essentially giving that person a very special gift. Active listening makes those you listen to feel important and appreciated, which often deepens the levels of respect, trust, and intimacy between you.

Though many of the active listening techniques might seem a lot like common sense stuff, using those techniques correctly and consistently is a skill that requires conscious effort and plenty of regular practice. If you want to learn more about what active listening entails and to improve your communication skills, review the list below for an overview of the top five behaviors that represent active listening.

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