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.
To put it simply: Sometimes men know they're doing something wrong (and they're just too lazy to do the right thing) and sometimes, they don't know. But as a woman, it's hard to tell the difference. Here are 7 times he probably didn't realize he was pissing you off.
Taking a break is one of the most challenging, frustrating, and saddening parts of a relationship. No one wants to feel as though their relationship has failed or that they themselves have somehow failed. But sometimes, a break is necessary. Not only is it necessary, sometimes, it's a good thing.
The Journal of Marriage and Family recently conducted a study which found that there are few advantages for married couples as far as psychological well-being, health or social ties, compared with unmarried couples living together. The study shows that while there are great benefits to marriage and cohabitation over the single life, these benefits weaken as couples depart the "honeymoon period."
January and February don't have the happiest reputations, as far as months go. The short days and cold nights, the post-holiday hangover, the fact that summer is such a long time away... This can all take a toll on your relationship if you're not careful. The good news: There are many fun, easy ways to inject some fun into your relationship in the winter and keep from getting bored.
Love is in the air as we approach Valentine's Day, the sexiest of holidays for serious and not-so serious couples alike. And whether your V-Day date involves staying at home with a movie or a weekend in wine country, the best way to set the sexy mood with your partner is by donning some hot lingerie.