“You look nice! In fact, you look like you have lost weight.” This flattery from my husband is music to my ears, “I do?”
He continued, “Yes, your belly doesn’t stick out nearly as far as it usually…” Larry’s expression resembled a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car.
It was my move, and I gave him what he deserved. “I believe it was not your intention to offend me, so I’m going to give you the chance to make it up to me. How about you take me to a movie after you buy me a nice dinner?” Because Larry had overlooked my goofs in the past, I was willing to overlook his.
Instead of taking offense when someone says or does something hurtful,use humor to communicate their error, and then give them the opportunity to make it up to you.