Listening skill is the first we would consider among those required for effective interpersonal relationships. Listening involves paying undivided attention to both verbal and non-verbal information and gestures that are communicated by your spouse. Communication is a dialogue, not a monologue. Hence, it is a process that is not completed where meaningful feedback is absent, thereby making listening highly central to effective communication and to uncontested marital bliss.

However, some of the hindrances to effective listening are;

• Talkativeness

• Internal distraction

• External distraction (absent-mindedness due to environmental distraction)

When we are able to practice mindfulness by having control over both our internal and external distractions, we become great listeners, which in turn boosts people’s confidence in us, enhances our self-confidence, and increases our problem-solving capacity.


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