Building Happiness By Building Communication Skills

Building Communication Skills


Build happiness by building communication skills
1. Learn to communicate with active listening. Active listening involves rephrasing what someone has just said, asking clarifying questions, and seeking to understand the other person’s point of view. It is one of the most effective communication skills. Active listening shows respect and honor for the other person.
2. Be clear and concise. Learn the wisdom of silence. Know what you want to say and say it in as few words as possible. Some people communicate by being  verbal expanders. My mother was one of those. She would embellish a story until it was beyond recognition. Others are verbal condensers. It’s wise to achieve a healthy balance between the two.
3. Spin more conversation off of what the other person has just said. Talking about the weather can turn into a conversation on global warming. This can evolve into a lively discussion about toxins in the environment. Spinning can extend a conversation beyond normal limits.
4. Be approachable. A warm smile and an open countenance will invite others into your inner circle and make it easy for them to communicate with you. Friendliness can go a long way toward promoting good communication skills.
5. Be willing to extend and empathic ear. Listening to the problems of others will open the doors to further communication.
6. Enter into an open dialogue with others, even if you are not in agreement. Be willing to listen to the views of others. It’s about the other person. Learn to put your ego aside.
7. Demonstrate honor and respect. Both can build bridges and tear down walls.
8. Show confidence by being willing to maintain eye contact and by seeking to acknowledge others.
9. Be willing to give and receive constructive criticism.
10. Know which form of communication to use in which circumstance.

Building good communication skills remains a top happiness construct.


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