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How to motivate your partner without sounding like a nag

You want to run but your buddy is done? Consider this advice for encouraging an unmotivated partner, constructively.

  • Make sure the activity is something you both still enjoy.
  • Place high value on the relationship. Convey an attitude that says, I want to be with you, whatever that looks like.
  • Revisit positive memories of a shared activity.
  • Suggest something completely new. Instead of hiking, try dancing.
  • Examine why the lack of motivation is getting under your skin. Is it about meeting your goals together or trying to change your partner?
  • Instead of making assumptions, ask open-ended questions, such as “What would motivate you?”

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