Listening is one of the most valuable social skills in the human emotional arsenal. Good listeners are able to draw from past conversational experiences to have better, more constructive conversations with friends and family. It is even more important for spouses and people with children to listen to each other. Healthy relationships are built on is communication, acknowledgment, and trust and children can learn these behaviors from an early age. Here are a few benefits men get from listening to their wives:
Listening Helps You Understand Perspective
The only ways to understand the perspective of your spouse is to observe them, talk to them, and absorb their views. When men really listen to what their wives are saying, they become more attuned to the way that their wives think and perceive the world. Fights become less common, disagreements and issues are more easily solved, and communication becomes more personal. Very often, women are more prone to noticing situational details, and men could certainly learn a lot from their spouses in this regard.
Listening Creates Healthy Families
Listening is an important way that people show that they care about each other: children who watch their parents listen to one another will have a healthier idea of how to act in their own families later in life. Showing your children that everyone’s opinion is valid and deserves attention is another useful behaviour to display.
Listening = Learning
Many educational researchers believe that listening as a component of education has been severely underestimated by the academic community.
Marriage is difficult unless husband and wife make a concerted effort to learn about one another. Active listening is the best way to do this. It can be very helpful for men to master, even just to show the women in their lives that they care about trying to remember what has been said in the past.
Men Are More Effective When Focusing on One Task
Simply listening to their wives gives men a chance to avoid the thing that many of them are worst at multitasking. There has long been a pseudo-scientific theory that women are better multitaskers than men are, but a study published in the BMC Psychology journal actually performed proper control-based research and came to a similar conclusion: women can navigate two or more simultaneous tasks better than men are able to. Concentrating on listening, and listening alone, allows husbands and boyfriends to excel by using their gender’s negative traits as a force for good.