Conflict in a relationship is virtually inevitable. In itself, conflict is not a problem; how it’s handled, however, can bring people together or tear them apart. Good communication skills are essential for a long and happy relationship. Thankfully, it is easy to improve communication if you focus on it as a couple. The first step to healthy communication is managing your expectations of how a relationship should be. Often, people expect their husband or wife to be mind readers and thus do not articulate their desires and thoughts. Unfortunately, no one can pull off such a trick. You have to tell people how you feel and what you need and want. Couple therapy can help you learn to do so.