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For some couples, one fight can ruin their whole day—nay, their whole week. You don’t want to be nearby when a disagreement begins to brew with those couples because you know there is no chance of salvaging the night. With couples like that, they just have to pray no point of dispute arises during something special like, say, a vacation, because the entire experience becomes a wash. Why is it that some couples just have a harder time bouncing back from fights than other ones? On the flip side of the couples I just described, there are couples who can get over a fight within a half hour. You can go on a double date with them that night and they’ll not only be affectionate with one another and happy, but they’ll also be joking about the fight. It’s not about luck or the severity of the fights—it’s about how they fight. Here is how healthy couples keep fights short and sweet.

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They throw a smile in there

They resist the urge to display a malicious face when they’re upset. When one person looks disgusted or angry, the other person feeds off of that and immediately goes on the defense. Healthy couples say what they need to say with a smile, or at least a neutral facial expression.

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