Healthy Communication = Healthy Lifestyle

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Have you ever felt like you and your partner ask each other the same questions day in and day out? Things like, "how was your day?" Or "have you talked to your boss about that yet?" 
Have you ever replied with answers like, "that sucks, hope it gets better" or "you really need to do that asafp"? 

Often in our relationships we become repetitive in our questions and answers with our partners and even our friends. We may not realize it, but asking the same old questions every day can make us feel unappreciated even if we dont know it. I know everyday when Adam gets home I ask him the same thing; "how was your day?" He never complains, simply responds and asks me the same question; but shouldn't we dig a little deeper into understanding how each others day really went ? We both always reply with, "it was good" or "meh, ok." These answers dont really help us to connect with one another and they surely dont tell us really how our day went. 

If you're looking for a way to connect with your partner a little deeper, try having a deeper conversation. When he/she comes home ask questions like the following:

- "What was the best part of your day?"
- "What challenged you today?"
- "What made you feel unappreciated today?"
- "How can I make your day better?" 
- "What made you laugh today?"
- "What drained you today?" 
- "What made you feel good today?" 

These questions don't have to be reserved for just your spouse. Try asking these same questions with your friends! Friends are partners to, and they deserve to feel equally appreciated. Don't get on the phone with your bestie and rant about yourself for 45 minutes; instead, take a moment to really see how they are doing in their life and if there is anything you can do to provide support. These questions are great for your kids too! Try it and see how much they open up about their teachers and friends at school. Do you homeschool? That's ok! See how they feel about YOU! 

Natural, healthy living has a lot to do with food and exercise, but it also has a lot to do with the mind and emotions. Try these simple things for a week and see if you and your loved one's feel more appreciated. Appreciation can go a long way to making you feel more happy and healthy !