How to Improve Your Relationship with Your Spouse and Kids
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Have you ever met someone who has an infuriating habit? Perhaps worse, does your spouse or one of your children have such a habit? I don't mean something that annoys you but one that really sets you on edge. Did you analyze why it aggravates you? You may be surprised.
Why Does the Habit Infuriate You?
I have had a friend for many years who is a profuse thanker. When I would give her something to drink she would say thank you three, four, even five times. Occasionally I found myself commenting that once was sufficient. I started to get angry about the excessive thank yous.
What to Do About It
One day I decided to explore why her habit made me so angry. I came up with several conclusions:
- Unquestionably, her thanks are sincere.
- She intends to improve friendships through expressing gratitude.
- Her habit upsets me because she is better at being thankful than I am.
The last point surprised me. I was disappointed in myself that I had created so much negativity by being jealous. The lesson:
Question – When you reacted negatively toward someone did you ever find it was for the wrong reason?
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