Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Meaningful Communication in Relationships
Elizabeth Dorrance Hall Ph.D.
Family members inevitably hurt one another. Here are research-based tips for repairing relationships and protecting them from eventual harm.
Staying home to fight the spread of COVID-19? Worried about spending 24/7 with your spouse? Here's how to be a good partner (and co-worker) while navigating your new life at home.
Research on long-distance relationships provides many ideas for connecting in isolation.
Are holidays with family more stress than they are worth? These research-based tips will help get your holiday conversations started and keep them civil.
Five research-based strategies for helping marginalized members of your family feel included.
Communication techniques for easing into change with your family, using eco-friendly holiday changes as an example.
Care packages are a great way to maintain relationships with friends and family members who live far away. Communication theory explains why.
Stop what you’re doing right now and tell your loved ones you are there for them! Knowing they have support if needed may benefit their mental and physical health.
Do you want to help your partner cope better with stress in their lives? Learn how to engage in dyadic coping to improve your relationship and lower stress.
Are you coping effectively with stress at work? New research suggests the most beneficial strategies for increasing work performance and well-being.
Do you feel an urge to rebel in response to others telling you what to do? Here’s why.
You can use patience, perspective taking, and emotional intelligence to talk to “difficult” people in your life at work or at home.
Research reveals the four family types and explains how families talk about food, and how those conversations shape what we eat today.
Have your partner's hurtful words gone too far? Research on communicative aggression warns of the consequences of hurtful communication patterns.
Ever wonder how mindfulness can improve your relationship with your partner? New research explains four ways it can help.
Are you feeling lonely? These strategies for increasing affection in your life might help.
Looking for some fresh ideas for New Year's resolutions? Try focusing on your relationships in 2019.
Do you need to distance yourself from your family? New research questions unconditional family closeness and explores four ways that people experience distance from family.
New research explains how our attitudes about communication — as well as our self-awareness in social situations — can predict our dependence on text messaging.
Three reasons why in-law relationships are so difficult — and what you can do about it.
Research explains how working technology into our conversations can bring us closer.
College is hard. Parenting is hard. Doing both at the same time could be bad for your health. New research links social support and health for undergraduate student parents.
Want to work on your emotional intelligence? Here are four things emotionally intelligent people understand.
Advice about transitioning to college for the high school graduate in your life.
How often do you judge others based on your automatic processing of their behaviors? Try perspective taking or mindful processing for better relationships.
Is your job ruining your marriage? If you are experiencing stress at work, it might be! Your burnout might even cause burnout in your partner.
What kind of Tinder user are you? Learn about the types and take the quiz to find out.
Do you struggle to encourage or comfort others? Find out what communication scientists know about having difficult conversations.
Helicopter parenting is on the rise. Why do parents do it? New research identifies three reasons why parents are overinvolved in their children's lives.
Do you need to work on communication in your relationships? Try setting a relationship intention to communicate more mindfully with your partner.
Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Communication, Michigan State University and
Director, Family Communication and Relationships Lab.