Communication in Relationships

Studies suggest that the average woman speaks
7,000 words a day. The average man mutters just 
2,000, and half of those are spoken to clients, colleagues,
or the electronic image of John Madden.

Formula for Healthy Relationships
Researchers at the University of Washington say they can
predict with 90 percent accuracy whether couples will
divorce or stay married simply by listening to them
talk for a few minutes.

After reviewing data from more than 500 couples in
discussion, psychologist John Gottman, Ph.D., of the
University of Washington's Relationship Research Institute,
and applied mathematicians James Murray and Kristin
Swanson have come up with a mathematical model
that can predict likelihood of divorce. They dub it the
"Dow Jones Industrial Average for marital conversation."

"A 5-to-1 ratio of positive comments to negative
ones indicates a healthy marriage", they say.
A ratio lower than that suggests trouble ahead.

Relationship Advice for
Healthy Relationships:
Talk more, share more, and be
more open with your positive emotions.
Avoid negative topics,
criticize less and show acknowledgement
for each other by praising,
thanking and encouraging each other.

Akash Karia
Public Speaking Coach

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