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Love Happy: Fighting fair

Welcome to Love Happy, where we help you successfully navigate the ups and downs of relationship life and share simple t{pb}ips for keeping love fun, fresh and on track. All couples fight. Whether we like it or not, it`s a fact of relationship life, but the point isn`t to stop arguing all together. Instead, it`s to argue in a way that actually helps improve your relationship. This week, we look at a few simple ways to do that. Argument advice Having been in a relationship for several years, I know the difference between a fight for the sake of fighting and having an argument that will result in us getting over a frustrating relationship hurdle. The more you know about each other, the better you get at having efficient arguments that move your relationship forward. To get an idea about how to best do this, I asked Sharon Rivkin, MA, MFT and author of Breaking the Argument Cycle: How to Stop Fighting Without Therapy, to share some of her top tips with SheKnows. Why we fight Couples fight for all kinds of reasons, but when it all comes down to it, most fights happen because something important is at stake, Rivkin says. "We want to be heard and appreciated, and we feel we`re not, so we fight to be validated." How much do we fight? According to a recent study, 312 times a year – which comes alarmingly close to once a day! If you and your partner seem to fight about the same things over and over without resolution, Rivkin says there may be deeper issues at stake. Couples really believe that they`re fighting about chores, kids or money because they have no idea that a superficial topic is actually triggered by deeper issues, she explains. "No one has ever told us that we need to find out what we`re really fighting about befo

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