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How can I tell my spouse what's bothering me?

Any anger or resentment will bleed through your actions, so it's best to be upfront about something unpleasant, even if you're nervous. Think about exactly what you'd like to say, and write it down if that helps. Suggest a good time to talk; don't pounce on your partner after an extra-long workday or wait before bedtime for a heavy discussion. Be calm and focus on the present, using "I" statements to describe how you feel. Don't wallow in the past, and don't blame.

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