This means without focusing on what your partner is saying or thinking about what you want to say next.
Don't assume that you know what your partner is thinking or feeling. Ask questions to clarify.
Even if you don't agree with your partner, it's important to validate their feelings. For example, "I understand that you are upset, and I look forward to working together to find a solution."
Honesty is very important to build trust in a relationship. If something is bothering you, express it in a calm and respectful manner.
Instead of criticizing your partner, focus on the specific behaviors you want to change.
Make an effort to show your partner that you appreciate them. It can be as simple as saying "thank you" or doing something nice for them.
If you make a mistake, own up to it and apologise.
Instead of blaming your partner, express your feelings with "I" statements. For example, "I feel sad when you don't spend time with me" instead of "You don't spend time with me."
Laughter can help defuse stressful situations and bring you closer together.