Bids for connection are the fundamental unit of emotional connection.

“Every relationship is different, but it’s important to make a conscious effort to notice your partner’s desires to connect and, better yet, acknowledge those desires with understanding and respect.”

When making that verbal connection (bid), be certain about exactly what you need. If you’ve had a hard day and need your partner to listen to you, say, “Today was a rough one. Can I tell you about it?” If you don’t want to talk about it, but just need some cuddle time on the couch, try saying exactly that. Help your partner(s) take the guesswork out of responding to your bid. We hope this quick and easy to read article on connecting with your partner(s) can help increase the love and communication in all your relationships. UPC’s Mental Health Staff

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