More often than not, the first indication we have that our partner is in a bad mood is when we get snapped at. One solution to this situation is the mood alert. A mood alert says, “Don’t talk to me right now, I’m in a bad mood.” This warning lets our partner know that right now isn’t a good time to talk, that there’s something going on but it’s not personal, and that he or she needs to play a certain role at the moment. Whether that role is to just go away, give a hug, or have a listening ear, knowing ahead of time what’s expected can go a long way towards avoiding conflict.

Read the full article here: The Relationship Mood Alert