Love Life Makeover

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Use Your Social Life To Get The Love Life You Crave

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.

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How To Turn Friends And Family Into Relationship Wingmen

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.

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Date Etiquette: 8 Dos And Don'ts

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:

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Why You Can't Have A Happy Relationship Without Forgiveness

If what we really want from our relationship is love and connection then becoming proficient in the language and practice of forgiveness is crucial to our well-being and the longevity of our love. Holding a grudge, being critical and shaming—no matter how justified we feel—is not going to bring us the warm, loving connection we desire. Three YourTango Experts dive into the concept of forgiveness in relationships: what it looks like, what it's not, why it's important and how to start doing it.

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What Do You Really Want From Love? [VIDEO]

Deciding what you really want from a relationship starts with identifying what Dr. Diana calls your "Diamond Self." This is the ultimate version of yourself, free of preconceived notions or fears. Getting in touch with this self helps you to then identify what this true self really needs from a relationship, whether you're already in one or are looking. In Week Two of the Love Life Makeover series, Dr. Diana Kirschner teaches how to name our ultimate relationship desires—and how to make them real.

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What Kind Of Message Does Your Body Language Send?

The old adage goes that it’s not what we say but how we say it. Nowhere is that more evident than in our love lives. We communicate extensively with our body language, and, often, romantic disappointments occur when our voices speak one thing but our bodies signal another. We asked three experts for tips on how to observe the signals our bodies are conveying and how to be sure we’re sending the romantic messages we intend.

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5 Ways To Ask For What You Want In A Relationship

There is nothing that can impact our lives more than when we are functioning at our best in our lives and in our relationship. It impacts our over all happiness, the way we go about our jobs, and all areas of our lives. But how do we do it? How do we get to the point where we are at our best and helping our partners be at their best as well?

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Is Your Social Life Hurting Your Love Life?

It's natural—when seeking out a healthy love relationship—to want to change yourself for the better. You think that a new haircut will make him fall in love again... a pretty dress will turn heads... an extreme diet and exercise regimen will make you worth loving. And these things can put an extra bounce in your step. But the best way to attract love into your life is to live your best life, a life in which romantic love is just the cherry on top. Has your social life—or lack thereof—been holding you back from love... and from overall happiness? We asked three experts for tips on how you can evaluate your social habits, and change them for the better.