Listening to your partner, like, actually processing the words they're saying, can be challenging. To say the least.

When you first started dating, you were likely hanging on her every word. Every anecdote entertained you, every detail of the stories she told you about her childhood seemed to hold hidden meaning. Now, you find yourself tuning in and out of her stories like a static-prone radio station. You often hear only the tail ends of sentences. She asks if you're listening, and you say yes, but in reality, you're only half listening, and you both know it.

This year, take the time tune back in again. Your partner is constantly changing, and the only way to keep up is to pay closer attention to what she's saying. By truly listening, you'll increase your connection and understanding of her, and maybe even learn something that might surprise you.