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Focus on What’s Right

Posted Jan 22 2009 3:52pm

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Catch your partner doing something right and acknowledge it. It is easy to complain when something is wrong, but we tend to expect things to go right. Your recognition will be appreciated.

What you pay attention to increases. That’s because most people love to be appreciated and will automatically repeat behavior in order to be appreciated again. This is a very useful strategy for times when you are especially irritated at your partner but don’t want to talk about your anger.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

Only talk to your partner about what s/he is doing right for the next twenty-four hours. Tomorrow, discuss what you noticed about your thoughts and feelings during the experiment.
This is an excerpt from Being Happy Together: How to Have a Fabulous Relationship With Your Life Partner in Less Than an Hour a Week, by Laurie Weiss, Ph.D.

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