Communication is the foundation for all relationships, and without it, you can have problems. It’s the No. 1 reason, in fact, that U.S. couples get divorced, research suggests.
“When two people are communicating, roughly half of the message that is being passed and received is nonverbal,” Hardin says. “So it’s really critical to take a step back and think about your partner’s perspective when you’re communicating, especially when navigating text messages and emails.”
Hardin suggests embracing a communication style called a bid for affection — where one partner reaches out to the other partner for connection and validation.