Prac­tice deep lis­ten­ing

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Lis­ten­ing deeply is a dif­fi­cult skill but it’s worth de­vel­op­ing be­cause it in­creases your em­pathic skills. These will make you feel more con­nected to oth­ers, which in turn helps cre­ate sta­ble, health­ier and more en­joy­able re­la­tion­ships.

Re­ally lis­ten. Avoid in­ter­rupt­ing by say­ing, ‘I know how you feel,’ or by top­ping the story with some­thing worse that hap­pened to you.

If you’re not sure how to re­spond, ad­mit it. ‘I don’t know what to say, but I’m here to lis­ten,’ is a mind­ful re­ac­tion.

If you feel frus­tra­tion or im­pa­tience sur­fac­ing, ac­knowl­edge these feel­ings men­tally then re-en­gage. Lis­ten­ing means giv­ing an­other per­son your at­ten­tion and be­ing ‘present’.

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