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HOW TO ARGUE LIKE A LAWYER

It’s the unlikely secret behind blissful relationships and success at work. But learning to quarrel the right way is key – here’s how to do it

Did you know arguing effectively could make you happier? A groundbreaking study published earlier this year found couples who row productively are less likely to divorce*. The reason? ‘Arguing means you deal with things that upset you, rather than stuffing the feelings down and letting resentment build up,’ says relationship counsellor Andrew G. Marshall. Embracing conflict in other areas of your life can also be beneficial – clashing at work or with friends can boost your contentment levels because it stops people treating you badly, says psychologist Louise Greenwell. ‘If you allow someone to repeatedly treat you unfairly, you’re giving them permission to continue,’ she says. But it’s important to argue the right way so you reach a resolution, rather than falling into a pattern of ongoing conflict. Here’s our simple plan for winning arguments – without losing friends.

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Discover a #BodyofKnowledge in the October/November edition of healthy magazine, in which we reveal the results of our Body MOT reader survey. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we also talk to three women about their very different experiences of the disease. Plus, we explore the world's best natural beauty secrets from Australia to South Korea, and take a fresh look at the 'F' word (fat, that is!). As the seasons change, keep your health and happiness on track with the new digital issue of healthy.
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