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Communication

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The most common complaint heard in marriage and family therapy is, "We just don't communicate." Learning to communicate with respect, clarity, and kindness is one of the most important life skills you can gain. It can help generate not just a happier family life, but better results at work, at school, and in friendship.

The quality of a relationship is generally determined by the quality of the communication in that relationship. Learning what works - and what doesn't - in communication is the beginning of improving your most important relationships - at home, at work, and elsewhere. The resources in this section teach clear, practical strategies for improving communication - even with people who might be very different from you.

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These are our favorite books on improving communication:

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
  2. Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life, by Carrie M. Wrigley
  3. The Feeling Good Handbook, by David D. Burns
  4. You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, by Deborah Tannen 
  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
  6. How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends, by Don Gabor

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Logo LDSOver the last several decades, LDS Church leaders have spoken out frequently about the many demands on our time, and how they can turn our attention away from the most essential things. With increasing frequency, they have offered counsel on how to simplify our lives, preserving time and energy for essential relationships and activities that can sustain us in a busy, ever-more demanding world.   

Favorite Articles: 

Richard G Scott

 Richard G. Scott, “First Things First,” Ensign, May 2001, 6 ("Satan has a powerful tool to use against good people.  It is distraction.   He would have good people fill life with "good things" so there is no room for the essential ones.  Have you unconsciously been caught in that trap?... Are there so many fascinating, exciting things to do or so many challenges pressing down upon you that it is hard to keep focused on that which is essential?"

Dallin H Oaks

Dallin H. Oaks, “Good, Better, Best” Ensign, November 2007, 104-108  ("Most of us have more things expected of us than we can possibly do.   As breadwinners, as parents, as Church workers and members, we face many choices on what we will do with our time and other resources...We have to forgo some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families."

Dieter F Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Of Things That Matter Most,” Ensign, October 2010, 19-22.  "If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most...As we turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His wisdom regarding the things that matter most, we learn over and over again the importance of four key relationships: with our God, with our families, with our fellowman, and with ourselves."

M Russell Ballard M. Russell Ballard, “Keeping Life's Demands in Balance,” Ensign, May 1987, 13  "First, think about your life and set your priorities...   Second, set short-term goals that you can reach...   Third, through wise budgeting control your real needs  and measure them carefully against your many wants in life...     Fourth, stay close to your spouse, children, relatives, and friends... Fifth, study the scriptures...   Sixth, schedule time for sufficient rest, exercise, and relaxation...  Seventh, [as] families, teach one another the gospel, preferably in a weekly family home evening...  Finally, pray often as individuals and as families."

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