Our communication predicts our happiness. A bold statement to make. Do you agree or disagree?

Communicating effectively certainly is a powerful tool. And ineffective communication habits can seriously impede your effectiveness and happiness, not just in your professional life but also in your personal life.

Let’s look today at four destructive communication habits:

  1. Criticism – This usually involves attacking someone or something, and creates a negative spin on any conversation.
  2. Contempt – Similar to criticism, but much deeper, contempt tends to use tools like sarcasm, hostility and outright name calling to undermine someone or something.
  3. Defensiveness – Being defensive is counterproductive and actually prevents you from taking on valuable feedback.
  4. Stonewalling – This is the direct opposite of engaging, and is not only done with silence. Mono-syllabic responses and hostile body language also work towards derailing a conversation.

Avoiding these common communication pitfalls is important to your success and happiness. Set yourself now on the path to increased happiness and prosperity by vowing to work on your communication skills every day. You’ll be happy you did.

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