With the year coming to a close, looking back on everything that we were (and weren't) able to accomplish with a wistful eye is par for the course. And when you're single, that feeling of resentment pretty much intensifies. Whether it's worrying over those missed connections or kicking yourself because of the one that got away, we've all had that moment where we let past mistakes manifest in our heads. But instead of wasting time thinking about what you can't change, zone in on the present.
In this day and age, "I love you" is sometimes said without meaning and effort. It's said through "I love you" snapchats that disappear within seconds, through text messages that eventually get deleted and through facebook messages that sometimes aren't even seen. Back in the day, saying "I love you" was timeless. It was expressed in ways that created a permanent spot in your memory and/or left behind a memento in your life that was impossible to forget.
Once you take marriage vows, you have what a sacred sanctity. However, with up to 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, that's not exactly the case anymore—and online dating platform is well of ware of this fact. Not that we're blaming them, these couples are aware of the choices they're making and the consequences that come with these decisions. The fact that there's actually a market for married people in online dating baffles us a little.
Let's face it, no one on earth actually wants to date a cheater but oftentimes we don't see the signs that our beloved boyfriend or girlfriend is secretly a shady little liar who's about to ruin your life. Forget him answering his second cell phone in the closet every night or her being less affectionate with you and drooling over your best friend when he walks in the room.
There's something about the holiday season that can either make or break a new relationship. Maybe it's the panic of trying to figure out what kind of present you should buy each other (or are you even at a present-giving level yet? You don't know!), the stress of having to meet each other's families for the first time, or the overwhelming feeling of love in the air that reminds both of you that you two aren't quite there just yet.
Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it's time that we finally get to the most exciting part: Figuring out ways that you and your partner can make it a special one. If this is your first time spending the holidays together, knowing how to whip up healthy recipes is just half of the fun.
Kids, be forewarned: the mother of all facepalms is coming your way. No, make that 10 of them. We polled the editors in the YourTango office, and came up with 10 messages from dating sites that are too ridiculous to believe. From propositions for sex to sketchy proposals to one that reeks of xenophobia, we can't quite make heads or tails of these messages.
Let's get something out of the way right now: awkward girls rock. I say that as a proud, card-carrying awkward girl myself. I can't flirt for my life (unless I'm not interested in a person, which has led to some problems), and I have less game than a toddler. And I'm not the only one.
Think that ghosts, witches and goblins are frightening? Try being on a date with some of these terrifying people. These daters were tricked into thinking they were in for a treat—but things got freaky quicker than a D-list scary movie. They give a whole new meaning to "dating horror stories."
Let me preface this with the fact that I have nothing against online dating. Online dating is a great way for busy or introverted people, or those with weird schedules, or just those who want to meet new people outside their current circle and local haunts, to find romance or a hookup or a husband or wife or friend with benefits. I know several people who've met spouses or long-term loves through online dating, and that's rad.
The season is here for haunted houses, jack o' lanterns, kids going trick-or-treating, and things that go bump in the night. It can be fun and empowering to toy with the idea of what scares us (dressing up in costumes, watching scary movies, and telling ghost stories) but if you really want to prove you’re bold and brave, I challenge you to also take a look at those aspects of committed relationships that send scary chills up your spine!
When it comes to love advice, who do you go to? Your mom? Dad? Best friends? Maybe even your co-workers. Regardless of whom you ask, you probably just want someone to tell you the truth about love, dating and relationships. So are you searching for some love advice at this moment? If so, lucky for you. Here we have 38 celebrities who share the best advice they've ever gotten. Sure, actors, musicians and TV personalities are the LAST people you'd want to take love advice from given how hard it is to maintain a relationship in Hollywood but don't judge just yet.
When you’re in love, it isn’t unusual for you to want to tell the entire world. While some may want to scream it from the rooftops, most take the modern approach by using social media as a tool to express their love. I think it's pretty safe to say that we've all been guilty of this. First, you can’t stop yourself from tagging your significant other in sugary sweet statuses. Then, you make a habit out of regularly sharing those cutesy love quotes on Facebook — You know, the same ones that annoyed you when you were single.
Although it’s 2014, racism and racial profiling still very much exists. It's hard to fathom that in this day and age, there are still people who disgrace others based on not only their skin, but who they're dating. This should go without saying but sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with — And you shouldn’t have to. As long as your relationship isn't illegal or hurting anyone, you should be able to love freely. Why should the confines of society dictate who you can and can not be with?