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love, gift-giving
You shouldn't have! Actually, yes you should. Photo: www.metaphoricalplatypus.com, Flickr

Bah Humbug? Why Gift-Giving Is Crucial To Your Relationship

Even the most cynical among us can agree that the holiday season has an element of magic to it. But before a single egg is nogged or Christmas goose stuffed, there's that little matter of buying gifts. And that's when, for many of us, the magic disappears. But here's a very good reason not to throw up your hands and admit defeat this holiday season: Gift-giving can also work magic on your relationship.

love, relationships, radical honesty
With love, anything is possible.

The One Radical Rule That Saved My Relationship

When my husband and I first came together as a romantic couple three years ago, we agreed to practice a pretty radical rule to ensure the long-term success of our relationship. The rule can prove more challenging to abide by than you might suspect at first. But both of us feel it's well worth the occasional angst we experience in order to enjoy a romance that lets us feel totally connected and utterly trusting of each other.

Infographic: Is He Or She Off Limits?
To date or not to date? That is the question!

Infographic: Is He Or She Off Limits?

Deciding whether or not the person you're crushing on is off limits can be a question you don't want to answer. We've created a flowchart to help.

marriage isn't for you
What if it was the bride, not the groom, who wrote this article?

'Marriage Isn't For You' Guy Earns Praise For Not Being A Jerk

The post is called 'Marriage Isn't For You', and it's gotten 24 million views and counting. Basically, a dude says, "Look what I did! I realized I'm not the center of the world!" and he's catapulted to internet stardom and met with instant, widespread praise. But this isn't really about love; it's about control.

effective communication, nagging
The opposite of effective communication.

Nagging Can Ruin Your Kid's Future Relationship: I'm Living Proof

If the Olympic games offered nagging as a competitive sport, my mother would take the gold, silver and bronze. I never wanted to be like my mother, and I consciously chose to be as un-nag-like as possible in all my relationships. And when I got married, I let a lot of things happen that I didn't necessarily want to happen, simply because I was too afraid to speak up. I have learned the hard way that marriage is all about communication and without it, well, it's just a matter of time before someone asks for a divorce...if they can get up the nerve to actually ask for one.

idea of love
He loves me...he loves me not?

How I Lost Myself To The Idea Of Love: A Cautionary Tale

We shared a mutual attraction, the same sense of humor. But as I imagined a future with him, he lived for instant gratification. He wasn't open to falling in love. He was just passing through. And you know what? I wasn't falling in love with him either. I was simply in love with the idea of love. And that's a dangerous trap.

7 Surprising Signs Your Online Dating Privacy Is At Risk
Do you think an "Internet cookie" is a delicious online treat? Uh oh!

7 Signs Your Online Dating Privacy Is At Risk

Have you read your online dating site's privacy policy? Does your profile use a picture from your Facebook or LinkedIn page? Your might be leaving yourself vulnerable. Read on for signs your privacy is at risk.

relationships, intimacy, trust issues, trapeze
The author in flight. Photo: Carla Ciccone

When I Wouldn't Confront My Trust Issues, They Confronted Me

Trapeze artists might be some of the bravest people in the world, but they're also among the most vulnerable. Tremendous trust—in themselves, other people, and the universe—is necessary to be able to climb up a 25-foot ladder, grab onto a thin bar, and jump. Relationships have always been my trapeze bars.