5. Take Everything with a Pound of Salt
Women are crazy and men are shut down. Each feeds the other. Just because you go through something differently doesn't mean your partner isn't going through it, too. You're just experiencing it in a different way.
—Daphne Brogdon, Cool Mom
6. Stop The Manhunt
Stop looking! It always seems like Mr. Right or Miss Right comes along when you least expect it. If you spend too much time trying to force love to happen, you don't seem to find it. And most importantly, make sure you are happy alone. If you don't truly love yourself, you can't truly love someone else.
—Cathy Hale, MommyQ
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7. Practice Safe Sex (Protect Your Soul)
Love and sex get confused when you have sex too early in a relationship—sex makes you feel like you're truly to the core intimate and in love, even if you don't really know that person. Get to know someone and see if they're worthy of your love and physical attention, otherwise you'll end up with someone who's not right for you. Very important: don't be like that Little Mermaid, Princess Ariel, and give it all up for a guy—be true to yourself. A good guy won't want you to change anyway.
—Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup
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8. Love Is Compromise
My husband will tell you that what’s kept our relationship strong is his ability to do whatever I ask of him. I can tell you that couldn't be further from the truth, mainly because he simply doesn't do everything I ask of him, and if he did I can guarantee we wouldn't still be together. We are both very opinionated, strong individuals; however, we have mastered the art of compromise and choose our battles carefully. Not every fight is worth the win and sometimes you just have to let things slide so that you can win on something that will be more important to you down the road.
—Amy Boshnack, The Stir by CafeMom