Research shows that active, responsive listening is essential for well-functioning intimate relationships.
It is important to respect your partner’s point of view instead of making judgments based upon your own perspective.
For instance, if you are annoyed that they are venting to you about a bad day at work, think about how you might feel if you had a conflict with a coworker and wanted to talk to someone about it.
The occasional late day spent at the office or canceling of dinner plans because they are too tired should not lead to guilt or a fight.
It is easy to ask your partner about their day and then tune them out, so you forget important details later. This may make them feel a lack of support.
Part of being supportive in a relationship is being able to apologize when you are wrong,
Things may seem to be going well, but having a weekly conversation about how things are going and whether they need more or different support
Do not become angry or complain when your partner shares with you a stressful situation or challenge they are facing.