In every relationship, communication forms the backbone – it is the essential element that holds a relationship together. Under the theme of Unlocking Love, today’s discussion will be on 10 effective communication strategies that can significantly help to introduce strength and deepen understanding in your relationship.

1. **Active Listening:** This is the heart of communication. It includes giving the other person your undivided attention, understanding their feelings, and not interrupting them. A good active listener knows to rephrase or repeat back what has been said to ensure they have understood correctly.

2. **Expressing Emotions Openly:** Love thrives on openness. Do not hide your emotions; if you feel something – voice it. Fear of conflict should not deter you from expressing your feelings. In a healthy relationship, both parties should feel comfortable sharing their emotions and thoughts.

3. **Non-Verbal Communication:** Sometimes, words aren’t sufficient. Our body language, facial expressions, and gestures often communicate much more than what we say. Learn how to read your partner’s non-verbal cues, and be mindful of your own.

4. **Assertiveness:** Be clear about your requirements without being aggressive. Assertiveness breeds clarity. It involves expressing your feelings and needs in an open, yet respectful manner.

5. **Patience and Tolerance:** A relationship is not just about you, but about understanding and accepting each other’s point of view. Patience and tolerance go hand in hand. Being patient allows you the time to understand your partner, while tolerance provides the endurance to accept them.

6. **Use “I” Statements:** This is about presenting your feelings or expressing your point of view without attacking the other person. For example, instead of saying, “You never listen to me,” you may say, “I feel ignored when you keep your phone before me during our conversations.”

7. **Effective Conflict Resolution:** Disagreements are part of every relationship. The key is to discuss and resolve them effectively. Avoid using accusatory or derogatory remarks. Instead, focus on a resolution that benefits both parties.

8. **Eliminate Distractions:** Each conversation with your partner deserves respect and attention. Eliminate distractions such as phones, TVs, or obsessing thoughts, and focus solely on your partner.

9. **Honesty and Trust:** Honesty should be the underlining principle in your communications while trust is the core of a loving relationship. Be truthful without being unnecessarily hurtful. It’s essential to trust that the other person will respond respectfully and honestly to anything you share with them.

10. **Positive Reinforcement:** Everybody loves to be appreciated. Regularly acknowledge your partner’s efforts, and remember to thank them. A positive communication environment not only fosters love but also encourages the reciprocation of positive actions.

In conclusion, successful and healthy communication in a relationship is essential, and the strategies mentioned above can certainly help strengthen this communication. Remember, relationships are not about perfection; they are about continual growth, understanding, and deepening love. Always strive to better your communication skills, and watch your relationship blossom.