Although Hollywood has taught us that it's the couples who split and then reunite later in life who have "true love," researcher Amber Vennum from Kansas State University says otherwise. According to Vennum, "second chance romances" aren't what they're cracked up to be and should be left in the past.
Wanderlust looks like your typical fish-out-of-water comedy. George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) are a young married couple in Manhattan who've just bought their first apartment, a miniscule studio they can barely afford. Then George loses his job in finance as the recession hits. Linda hardly earns an income as a creative dabbler, so the couple decides to move in with George's brother in Atlanta.
Spring is in the air, which means it's time to switch up your date style. Toss the fuzzy wool socks and Netflix addiction and get outside! Whether you're going on your first date or are in a long-term relationship, here are some fun date tips sure to bring pizzazz to your springtime.
Over time, my husband and I have learned how to come to an agreement on more things than just everyday household decisions. And we've learned that selfishness and stubborn attitudes make compromising nearly impossible. But don't get me wrong, it didn't all happen overnight. We had to make some major adjustments on both of our parts to get where we are today.
As divorce rates in the U.S. were rising by the end of World War II, so were fears over the state of marriage and family life. Skyrocketing rates sent many couples to seek expert advice to bolster their marriages. During this time, the idea that marriage could be saved—and a divorce prevented—with enough work gained ground, according to Kristin Celello, assistant professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York, in her fascinating book Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States. A slew of experts stepped in to help American couples strengthen their unions...and with some interesting suggestions.
If there's one sure thing besides death and taxes it's that you, whoever you are, have, at some point in your romantic career, drawn out a relationship longer than was healthy. You're not to be blamed. It's a simple law of nature: Relationships never end when they're supposed to.
A woman's biggest fear is coming off as needy. Why else would we be taught exactly when to respond to a text, when it's okay to ask a guy out, when it's okay to say, "I love you" for the first time?
Last night, I danced, downed hurricane cocktails and gorged on king cake at a Mardi Gras party. This morning, I grumpily got up at 6:30 to make a 7 a.m. yoga class — something I almost never do, since I am not a morning person.
No relationship is perfect. We all know this. We're not perfect and therefore our relationships will never be perfect either. That's okay. That's normal. But success in relationships — romantic and otherwise — have a lot to do with proper communication. In fact, most relationship problems are caused by poor communication.
The United States is a nation built on the foundation of progress—change is often viewed as a good thing here. Here at YourTango, we're big proponents of positive change, especially when it comes to dating and relationships, so we're happy to report some positive shifts in marriage trends over the past few decades.
In The Vow, Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) start out a happily married young couple. They're driving home from a concert on a snowy night in Chicago, kiss at a stoplight, and BAM! They're rear-ended by a truck. Paige flies out the windshield, and things get interesting. It took all of three minutes.
Dinner and a movie is a popular dating routine for a reason: It's got entertainment, nutritional value, and you don't even have to talk for half the time. But just in case you're looking for a different kind of date, something a little more unique, we compiled a list of 10 creative date ideas that are affordable, easy, and memorable.
I don't love the whole Valentine's Day shtick — candy hearts, forced romantic dinners and such. Every couple has their own personality, so why not do something that fits you and expresses your love rather than conforming to some cookie-cutter ideal? Plus, this way you can use Valentine's Day as an excuse to cross some items off your "couple bucket list."
People in relationships get into patterns. Some work well for them and some don't. If you find yourself getting into the same bad places in your relationship, you might want to examine what you are doing to sabotage growth, resolution and intimacy in your relationships. It is easy to blame everyone else but until you look at yourself and take responsibility for fixing your part nothing will change. Here are the five ways people tend to have learned to deal with problems in relationships that don't work:
Stop nagging your man. Really. The Wall Street Journal recently claimed that nagging — which the WSJ defines as "the interaction in which one person repeatedly makes a request, the other person repeatedly ignores it and both become increasingly annoyed" — is the biggest marriage killer and likely to lead to divorce. Yikes!
There are a million approaches to Valentine's Day out there. Some people do gifts, others don't — still others sneer at the whole spectacle and insist Valentine's Day was invented by Hallmark. Whatever your thoughts on the subject, admit it: You love getting gifts.