Communication is a two way street. Expressing your thoughts, feelings and opinions is ...only one half of the equation.
Do you find yourself tuning out someone while they're talking to you if they're ...taking too long?
Spending time in activities while actively listening with your entire being ...can be so rewarding.
Older people sometimes take longer to express themselves. It may be hard to have the patience to sit and listen. But it can truly be a gift to make the effort and ...actively listen.
Do you remember the time when you first fell in love? Wasn't it so easy to focus all of your attention on each other as you listened to each word?
Here are a few tips to help develop the skill of actively listening:
- Pay attention: Give the other person your undivided attention and look at them.
- Show that you're paying attention: Your body language says much to the other person.
- Give feedback: Ask questions to clarify. Paraphrase back what they are saying so you aren't distorting it with your own assumptions.
- Don't interrupt: Allow them to finish.
- Respond to what's being said: Be open and honest in your response but be respectful and courteous.
I really believe that listening to another can be such a gift of your heart.
If we spoke less and listened more, maybe our relationships would actually improve.
I'm sure that many of you may have more suggestions or even frustrations when trying to listen to others. I would love to get your feedback.