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Relationship Enrichment Quotes

Relationship Enrichment Quotes

  • “Let the wife make her husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”         - Martin Luther
  • Husband – Remember your wife needs twelve unconditional tender physical contacts a day. (i.e., hugs, shoulder or back rubs, back scratches, holding hands, etc.)
  • Remember that everyone, no matter what age, has an emotional bank account. Criticism and negativity are withdrawals. Praise and appreciation are deposits. If there are more withdrawals than deposits, the relational checks will bounce. Specific praise is always better than general praise.
  • Listen beyond the words to the feelings. People generally feel more understood, cared for, and connected when the communication focuses on their emotions and feelings rather than merely on their words or thoughts.
  • Allow others’ emotions to touch you.  People feel loved when they know you truly understand their feelings.
  • Remember that everybody has two personal needs: To be valued and to be understood.
  • “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”     - St.  Francis of Assisi
  • Communication is understanding, not determining who’s right. Your relationship has a better chance of thriving if your priority is understanding the other person.
  • Effective communication starts with safety. When you listen, rather than judge or correct, you create an environment for understanding to blossom.
  • Get into the habit of treating your spouse and family with the same kind of courtesy, respect, and friendliness as when you are meeting someone for the first time.
  • Six things happy families had in common:
    • A high degree of appreciation for each other
    • A great deal of time together
    • Good communication practices
    • A strong sense of commitment to the family unit
    • A deep felt religious belief
    • The ability to deal with crisis in a positive manner
  • Recognize that all trials or hurtful experiences have the power to develop a deeper and more abiding love within us.     - Gary Smalley
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