How to Improve Compromise Skills in Your Relationship

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Marriage is a bond between two individuals, but it is not always easy to keep this bond strong. Compromise is an essential component of every successful relationship. It helps partners to understand each other better and resolve conflicts amicably. In this practice exercise, we will explore the importance of compromise in marriage and suggest some practical ways couples can compromise.

Note: this exercise should not be approached in the midst of conflict. It will be most helpful if undertaken in peacetime. It should take you and your partner approximately thirty minutes.


  1. Discuss situations where you both had to compromise in your relationship. How did it feel? What was the outcome?
  2. Identify areas where you both have conflicting opinions or preferences. For example, one partner likes to save money, while the other likes to spend. Discuss how you can find a middle ground to accommodate both perspectives.
  3. Brainstorm three possible solutions to your conflicting opinions, and weigh the pros and cons of each one. Choose the best solution that works for both of you.
  4. Discuss how you can express your needs and opinions in a way that does not jeopardize the relationship. For example, instead of saying, “You never listen to me,” try saying, “I feel hurt when you don’t consider my opinion.”
  5. Practice active listening. Pay attention to your partner’s verbal and non-verbal cues. Repeat back what you heard to confirm you understand. For example, “So what you’re saying is that you don’t feel comfortable with me going out with my friends every weekend, is that right?”
  6. Set boundaries and expectations. For example, you can agree on a maximum amount of money each partner can spend on non-essential items per month.
  7. Remember to compromise to resolve conflicts, but also take turns compromising. Don’t always let one person make all the sacrifices. It should be an equal partnership.
  8. Lastly, actively show appreciation for your partner’s efforts at compromise. Tell them thank you and reinforce how it has helped your relationship grow.

Compromise is essential in marriage. It helps to promote healthy communication and understanding between partners. By practicing compromise, you will be able to maintain a strong bond in your relationship, resolve conflicts, and create a loving and supportive environment for both partners


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