Have you ever found your mind wandering when your spouse is talking? Do you find it difficult to pay focused attention to your mate, especially if you are under stress or have a laundry list of things to accomplish? Do you find yourself getting defensive and shutting off if your mate has a complaint or is unhappy? Listening with full attention and an open heart is one of the most loving and respectful gifts you give your mate.

Here are six tips to help you listen well!