Excited to bring you Episode 4 of The #staymarried PODCAST!
Throughout this series we are talking about Seven Do’s and Four Don’ts for a Long and Happy Marriage. So far, we have shared with you two of the Do’s (Building Your Love Maps and Nurturing Fondness and Admiration) and today we are bringing you the first of the Don’s: Criticism. Again, because this is a series and each episode builds on the episode before, please go back and listen to them in order if you haven’t yet. All of this will make much more sense if you do.
Now that you’re all caught up, we are eager to dig into this relationship killer. Criticism is considered by Dr. John Gottman and his team as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – a sure sign that your marriage is in trouble. All of these ideas can be found in the New York Time’s Bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. If you don’t already have this book, you’re definitely going to want to get it. But, until you do, take a listen…
Criticism is a relationship killer. But, the good news is that it is a behavior and behavior can change. If you’ve been in the habit of criticizing and using “You” statements, here’s a little chart that might help you enter into your arguments a little bit more softly… (PIN IT so you can come back to it later)
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