What 'How I Met Your Mother' Teaches Us About Love

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What 'How I Met Your Mother' Teaches Us About Love
The CBS hit sitcom offers four valuable love lessons to the Gen X/Gen Y set.

No one has probably ever told you this but being a successful twentysomething living in New York The City isn't all peaches and cream. There's job stress, living situation stress, friendship stress, relationship stress and sometimes Bob Saget smugly reminisces about the whole sordid affair. While How I Met Your Mother is framed as flashbacks (narrated by Saget) of the protagonist's (Ted) quest to find a woman to make babies with him, the ensemble brings much more to the table than that. Read: One-Night Stands, Karma & CBS

The five main characters, Robin (Cobie Smolders), Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Ted (Josh Radnor), spend the lion's share of their time dissecting each other's careers, lives and romances in a friendly bar (because what adults really hang out in a coffee shop). Despite the zany contests, legen-wait for it-dary pranks and epic quests for the perfect burger, HIMYM is, at its heart, about relationships. And here is what we've learned about them from the gang. Read: CBS Sit-Coms And The Art Of The Apology

1. If you love something, let it go. If it's meant to be, it'll be.
As trite as that ancient piece of wisdom sounds, it works. Ted's girlfriend takes a culinary fellowship in Germany (bratwurst and kraut?) and it doesn't take particularly long to figure out that it's not going to work for them. After becoming engaged to Marshall, Lily freaks out and moves to San Francisco for an art fellowship. Eventually, she comes back and much joy ensues. Robin takes a job in Japan but come back shortly thereafter… was the job so bad or was there another reason? Read: How To Make Long-Distance Love Work

2. For richer or poorer isn't senseless babble.
When you get into a long-term relationship with someone, you get to deal with all of his/her baggage. Though they've know each other for nine years, Marshall only finds out about Lily's abysmal credit due to her shopping addiction and packrat-ism when they are in the process of buying an apartment together. Her FICO score and storage unit of mint-condition clothing and accessories resulted in the couple having to move to a condo with a tilted floor in the "up and coming" neighborhood of Dowisetrepla (downwind of the sewage treatment plant). You also have a feeling that Barney's whorish behavior (200 served and counting) could lead to an "in sickness or in health" moment for whoever he ends up with. Read: How Marriage Got Me Out Of Debt

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