Come Home from Work With a Compliment and Not a Complaint
I heard this great advice from a speaker several years back. He said that when a husband walks in the house after a day of work the first thing he should do is say something positive. For example, if your wife is making dinner then walk into the house and say “Hey honey, the kitchen smells great.” Or anything really. The important thing is that a husband should not come home with a complaint. The mood for the evening is set based on the husband’s positive or negative attitude when coming home from work. If you want to complain about something at work then do it later in the evening.
This lesson is also important for a wife. When the husband walks in the house don’t welcome him home by complaining about the kids or about how terrible your day was. It’s true that a spouse is someone that you should talk to when you need to vent your frustrations but it just shouldn’t be the first thing you do when you come home.
This may sound like simple advice but it goes a long way especially if you are a complainer. When I heard this advice three years ago, I implemented it right away. Ever since then I would stop myself before walking into the house and make sure I had something positive to say. Sometimes I would say “Hey honey the kitchen smells great” even when the kitchen didn’t smell like anything. We would get a good chickle out of it and start our evening in a positive light.
So if you are really frustrated about the traffic or about something upsetting that happened to you at work. Before you walk through that door get it out of your system. Don’t bring it home with you. Leave it at the front door. Later, after you got home and you’ve had a nice chat over dinner then you can go ahead and vent.
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