Did you know that it is at least as important to respond generously to your partner’s wins and success stories as it is to support them through tough times? Research suggests that intimacy and happiness in relationships may be more reliant on reacting to a partner’s “good news” in a positive and interesting way, rather than on sticking with them through thick and thin.
- When your partner announces good news about themselves, show genuine interest in their successes.
- Ask interested questions about their success. Allow them to elaborate on what is making them so happy.
- Be excited. If your partner feels their news is important enough to share with you, then it means it’s important to them. Be excited about it and show a genuine interest in the news. Don’t go over the top as this may be seen as making fun of them. It is important to know that by choosing to share their news they are actively trying to include you in their life.
- Share the joy! And don’t forget to share your good news as well