It's the season of love.
This Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to build a stronger relationship by learning how to handle conflict with your partner.
Cheryl Castro has tips and techniques in today's Health Minute.
We sometimes wish our relationships were as romantic as the ones in the movies such as "Something's Got To Give". But in real life, couples experience real conflict -- the key it to learn to fight fair.
"Conflict is just disagreement, and for two people to be in a relationship they have to disagree about some things."
And when this happens it's important to follow some basic ground rules.
First of all - easy does it - if you bring up an area of disagreement, bring it up gently
Next, control your emotions, if the conflict does escalate, take a break and regroup later
Also remember to listen,
Try to avoid insults,
And don't yell
"I've never seen anyone yelled into agreement - ever. It never happens."
And don't forget to call your own fouls. Saying i'm sorry can go a long way in resolving a conflict.
"I need to back up the lense and remember all the reasons I'm with this person. All their good qualities and all the things I respect and admire and appreciate."
For today's Health Minute, I'm Cheryl Castro.