Graceful couples often appear to read each others' minds at social events and family occasions. If one needs salt and pepper for the table, their partner is already on the way with it. This is not an example of extra sensory perception, but the ability to communicate with each other. It is the result of good communication and acting on a partner's needs. Unfortunately, there are few people that develop this type of relationship communication in the modern world.
Partners with great communication skills use them on a regular basis. When planning an occasion, they talk about all aspects of it. They discuss the menu, the table settings and the people they will host. Necessities and hopes are part of their conversations about the event. They take the time to have several discussions rather than just create a list of items and chores. Their talks are about their hopes as well as the reality they expect to occur during the event.
Taking the time to completely discuss any subject is rare in the modern world. Couples find they have limited hours to spend with each other. Their days are filled with work, children and friends. Some have elderly parents to care for, and other people have long commutes to work. Each one of these partners is struggling to get through life on a daily basis. Taking out time to simply sit and talk seems an impossible dream that might happen when they are retired.
Discussions about the large and small items of life do take time. Couples that sacrifice that time for life's other distractions are missing the key to a long relationship as well as true communication. Finding time to have discussions with each other is the best way to keep a relationship running gracefully.