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15 Sure-Fire Signs The Two Of You Are Meant To Be Together

Even when you're crazy about someone, it can often be hard to know if he or she is "right" for you. YourTango has come up with 15 signs that you're dating a soul mate. You don't have to check off all of these points to be sure about someone—but if you can say yes to several, you've found someone very special—possibly someone you could fall in love with.

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It doesn't have to cost a fortune to be romantic.

8 Sweet Ways To Brighten His Day (Even If You're Busy And Broke)

Casanova himself couldn't keep up with the ideals of romance set forth by today's helpful movies, but hypothetical help is on its way! If you find yourself intimidated by keeping up with the Bridget Joneses, and settling for nothing instead, try these delicious, bite-size nuggets of romance anyone can pull off for tiny scraps of cash and commitment.

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10 Kinda Crazy Questions To Ask Him Before You Get Married

YourTango got together with the author of "1001 Questions To Ask Before You Get Married." Monica Mendez Leahy gives us a sneak preview of ten of the most important questions to ask before you get engaged. Check it out and find out how well you really know your mate and if this thing has a shot at forever. How you were in high school and how you pack your bags can reflect on what type of person you are and the compatibility of you and your future spouse. It's wise to question his motives and background before you get married.

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"I heard the warning voice in my head reminding me it was dangerous territory."

How An Affair Saved My Marriage

It started with a flirty dance while out with friends. It turned into a torrid year-long affair that her husband never knew about. One writer shares her tale of infidelity and how, against all odds, adultery put her on the path back to her husband. "I heard the warning voice in my head reminding me that this was dangerous territory: however alone I might feel, I was, in fact, married. And then, for the first time in 10 years, I silenced it. As Alex placed his hands on my hips, I knew with absolute clarity that I was about to have an affair. I knew it was a decision that could unravel even the strongest of unions. I never could have guessed that it would save mine."

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"There was an undeniable magnetic pull between Fred and me."

I Didn't Marry The Love Of My Life ... On Purpose

I was 17 and Fred was 24 when we first met. What began as puppy love grew into a lifelong bond and made me believe in undying love. There were a few times when I second-guessed my decision to marry someone else, but our dynamic made it undeniable: We were meant to be in love with each other, but that didn't necessarily mean we belonged together.

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Our girls have learned to love you in multidimensional ways. And so have I.

A Letter To My Husband In Heaven

Hubby in heaven, it will be eight years this Monday since the day you left this world. I used to imagine how would the pain feel years from the day you left. Remember you told me it would happen and that it would be ok because you would no longer be here? You were so right about so many things. But the most change took place within me.

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The distance has our heads spinning, but we've never been closer.

We Live 9,349 Miles Apart, But We're Killing It In The Bedroom

I live in Orlando. He lives in Australia. At any given moment, there are 9,349 miles (plus, one hell of an expensive airplane ticket) separating me from my boyfriend. Let me be clear, this man is the greatest love of my life. He's on my mind and in my heart constantly, but I only see him four times a year for 2-week visits, and you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way.

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The Shocking Truth: 4 Real Stories Of Marital Rape In America

Cynthia's marital rape nightmare began around 1996. For the first year of her marriage Cynthia of New Hampshire had no problems with her husband. He was prone to angry fits, but nothing seemed overly outside the norm. When the two had an argument in their second year of marriage her ex-husband hit her, and Cynthia left.

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"I don't need to be healed, I need to be loved."

I'm Not Broken: Stop Kissing My Mastectomy Scars

Men, I get it. You're good guys and you want to do the right thing. But I'm not in need of having my scars kissed, licked, worshiped or healed by your magic touch. I'm not broken. I don't need fixing. I've come to terms with my chest scars — they're no big deal to me anymore. It's time to start paying attention to the parts of me that actually feel.

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'American Hustle' is the top date night movie, according to a Match.com survey.

We're All Con Artists: 5 Love Lessons From 'American Hustle'

'American Hustle' — nominated for 10 Academy Awards and voted the #1 date movie of all this year's Best Picture nominees — is also a fascinating study in love and relationships. Here are four profound things this film brought to light about love, life and what we all do to get by.

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Instead of calling his dealer, he could have picked up the phone and called for help.

Like All Addicts, Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Have A Choice

I have a pattern when it comes to stories about celebrities who overdose. The day the news breaks, I scan the headlines. I react with a mix of sadness and disgust—and familiarity, as I was raised by two addicts. But in cases like Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, I'm not interested in the 'juicy' details. My eyes scan these stories looking for the little people: the kids left behind.

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In his interview with GQ, Duck Dynasty's Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality.

'Duck' Dilemma: Phil Robertson's Remarks Point To A Bigger Issue

The Koran, Torah and New Testament all vilify homosexuals. As much I think Phil Robertson is an ignorant buffoon, the man was simply abiding by the tenets of his faith—he even paraphrased from the New Testament. Our culture is now starting to move past centuries-old biases against sexual orientation, but organized religion has not—and cannot—do the same without abandoning scriptural teachings. if our culture is to advance, we may need to more openly question the ancient Middle-Eastern documents on which we still base it.