For many people ANY conversation that has to do with feelings and/or conflict can be a difficult conversation. Opening up and being vulnerable with anyone can be hard, but opening up the way you need to in a relationship can be even more challenging. Here are some tips for handling a tough conversation.
Love Life Makeover
There are endless traits and behaviors that are emblematic of a healthy, fulfilling relationship. Most of us know what they are (even if we forget to practice them!), such as listening to one another, laughing together, using humor (especially during arguments), having regular sex, going on dates, etc. There are 9 habits that couples who have truly awesome relationships have in common.
If you want to bring new long lasting love into your life you have to make room for it. This means letting go of that relationship you know is not working. If you are fanning a dying flame by playing that special music, ogling online, and revisiting the fantasy just because it's BTN (better than nothing), you are robbing yourself of a new, exciting opportunity.
For many couples, the idea of bringing a third party into their intimate relationship is scary—or just plain out of the question. Luckily, the stigma associated with couples therapy is well on its way out. Healthy couples are enlisting counseling professionals to help work through sticky patches, large and small, and are the better for it.
When's the last time you felt super confident and sexy? Maybe it was a night out with friends or a romantic date with your love. If you feel it's been too long since you've "wowed" a crowd, read these 8 YourTango Expert tips on how to amp up your attractiveness. YourTango Experts provide advice on looking and feeling your best.
In episode three of YourTango's Love Life Makeover video series, relationship guru Dr. Diana Kirschner helps Love Life Makeover winner, Nadette, uncover and release pent-up emotions about her ex-fiance. Identifying and releasing anger and self-sabotaging beliefs are important steps to letting go of past heartbreak. Getting negative beliefs and feelings out in the open helps us make space for new love to enter our lives. Dr. Diana helps Nadette work through the disappointment, sadness and anger from her broken-off engagement.
Committing to a new course of action or a new frame of mind doesn't mean you meet your relationship goals overnight. Here are YourTango Expert tips on how to stay the course when motivation or confidence starts to lag.
If you're single: do you dream of dating a rock climber but spend all your free time playing games online? If you're coupled up, do you leave an evening with friends feeling encouraged or downtrodden? If you're not enthused about where you are or who you're with, you're probably not making you or your partner happy. If certain activities or relationships aren't helping you live your best love life, it's time to reevaluate—and taking a break from them is a good place to start. Here's how to do it.
In the quest for romantic partnership, we all greatly benefit from supportive friends and family. But what if the people who are supposed to have your back actually undermine your relationship goals? Unfortunately, friends and family can sometimes behave in ways that feel more like a dark cloud raining on your mate search than your love finding cheerleading squad. They likely mean well but their execution sabotages their good intentions. YourTango Experts explore how a good love life wingman or wingwoman should work for you.
Whether you're on your first date with a new person or the 100th with your significant other, you'll want to have a great time, without embarrassing yourself or being embarrassed by your partner. Likewise, you don't want to be one of those couples who has nothing to talk about at dinner, and you definitely don't want to be the date who dominates the conversation, not letting her date get a word in edgewise. Following these dos and don'ts of dating etiquette will help you sit back, relax and enjoy a fulfilling dinner date: