We all make assumptions, especially in our close relationships. We assume the people we value most will make good on their promises, be available in a crisis, and generally support us no matter what. The problem with assumptions is that things are left unsaid, and when important sentiments of appreciation, love, and respect are left unsaid, resentments or misunderstandings can start to build. The ability to make assumptions is the gift of a strong and healthy relationship, but don't overlook opportunities to communicate gratitude and appreciation. That is the way we take care of our relationships and keep them strong and healthy.