Communicating Mindfully in Relationships

By Elizabeth Dorrance Hall Ph.D

Staying mindful in our interactions with others starts with the intention to do so. We all have relationships we would like to improve. One way to make those improvements is through mindful communication and intention setting. Research has shown that mindfulness can help people resolve or avoid conflict, improve their relationships, and reduce stress. Researchers have been testing mindfulness interventions with couples for decades. For example, Dr. James Carson and his colleagues found that couples who participated in 8 weeks of mindfulness training reported higher relationship satisfaction, closeness, and acceptance of their partner than those who did not participate in the training.

Mindfulness has been described as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”……Read More:


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