"One powerful way to establish context," write the two in Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change, "is to create a large visual timeline." A company, for example, might plot key investments over the previous decade.You and your spouse can plot the same things, revealing where you earn or spend your money (versus: how you think you earn or spend it).So, with that in mind, make your future decisions; choose them wisely,” she said.
Not so, says University of Chicago Booth School of Business professor Nicholas Epley.
And, best of all, are "a good way to start a conversation" that doesn't involve the cost of a babysitter or who forgot to make the reservation (again).
The next time he gets a promotion, invents a new marinade for the grill or wins first prize at the adults-only spelling bee, do more than say, "Hooray, Honey!
Other ideas might be to sketch your geographic moves over time or your most important life choices or anything that's relevant to the current discussion.
The idea being to create a (literal) picture of the past that illustrates what to do—or not to do—in your future.
" As this handy graphic from the self-improvement website explains, couples who celebrated each other's successes in four steps—showing enthusiasm ("A spelling bee! "); asking questions ("So, 'babushka' counted even though it's Russian? "); and, reliving the moment with them ("So, what exactly went through your mind when you heard psychoneuroendocrinological? Further research proved that "people who did this three times a day for one week improved their happiness." And happiness, as we know—scientific studies or not—usually leads to a lot of more happily ever afters.