Almost all of us have had our hearts broken at one point or another, and well, there's not much else to say other than that it sucks.

But, we cannot deny that learning how to handle breakups is a normal part of life. Within each failed relationship is a lesson to be learned. And if can learn that lesson, we are able to grow from it.

At the moment, the divorce rate in North America sits at about 50%. That means half of all marriages end up failing.

While many divisions happen because of things like money problems, differences in personalities, or simply because we get bored, there are some fundamental problems that can cause hardship for any relationship.

Here are the three main reasons we believe modern relationships are having such a hard time right now:

We're not communicating with one another effectively

One of the first lessons we learn when navigating our relationships is that communication is at the foundation of every successful partnership.

Why? Because it's incredibly hard to satisfy the needs and desires of your partner, as well solve any problems the two of you may be having, without openly speaking what's on your mind.

When our partners do things that hurt our feelings or upset us, and we don't say anything about it to them, it breeds resentment.

Eventually, after keeping all of our emotions inside for too long, we blow up. This can cause serious damage that isn't always repairable.

It's best to just openly express how you're feeling when you're feeling it in a calm, non-hostile manner, so that the two of you can work it out constructively.

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