Whether you’re in a relationship with friends, work colleagues or in a romantic partnership, listening may be the greatest contribution you can bring to your relationships. Active or deep listening is at the heart of every healthy relationship. It’s also the most effective way to bring about growth and change between the two parties. When people are heard, they tend to be more open, more democratic in their ways, and are often less defensive. The most important aspect of listening carefully is that we’re telling the other person that we care about what they’re saying. The flip side is also true. When we listen to others with openness and without criticism, then chances are they will be more inclined to listen to us in the same way. Listen as Jodi explains how you can boost your relationship skills for deeper, happier connections.