As much as we may not want to admit it, we sometimes hurt the people that we love and are really close to. This isn't to say that we're purposely trying to be insensitive or uncaring; it's just that for some reason, when it comes to love, our partners can bring out the absolute worst in us. Just why is that, anyway?
It's pretty much a given that we will all run into drama at some point in our lives. Although we likely don't seek it out, drama eventually finds us. This is painfully true when it comes to relationships. That just leads us to the following questions: Why do some people always find themselves in 'dramatic' relationships? Why do minor issues turn into life-or-death struggles for some of us?
If we're being honest, we can all probably remember that one fight that we had with our significant others that seemed to drag on for forever. The funny thing is that most of the time (after a certain amount of time has passed), we can't even remember what we fought about in the first place. Here's how you can save your relationship!
We don't think there's ever been a time where we didn't wonder whether anything we said or did contributed to our dates ending in a disaster. You would think that after going on so many first dates (from blind dates, setups to online dating), there'd be at least ONE guy who was the perfect fit. So, what gives? Here's how you may have scared him away!
It probably goes without saying but when you're in a relationship (especially with someone that you really love and trust), being able to ask for what you need is incredibly vital. Seriously, there is no question that this level of trust that comes with believing that your partner is giving enough to take your needs into consideration can make or break relationships. Here's why your wants and needs are arguably two of the biggest things that you should discuss with your partner.
It's safe to say that over the past few years, being co-dependent has definitely gotten a bad rap. But if we really think about it, there are so many takes on what it actually means to be in a co-dependent relationship that trying to look for warning signs can be next to impossible. In fact, so many people weigh in on the negatives without giving insight as to ways that we can either kick this habit or tweak it in a way that is beneficial to our relationships.
If you've ever been in a relationship that made you super unhappy and stressed, then you know what it's like to feel so emotionally drained that you just don't know what you can do to make things change. There's nothing worse than not being able to figure out where things went wrong or how to fix it. There's no question that toxic relationships can have a negative affect on our lives (especially when there are kids involved) but knowing how to put an end to things is a battle in and of itself.
Even though falling in love can be really easy, making things work can be really hard sometimes. Being in a relationship isn't just about going on dates and spending time together. Being able to really connect with your significant other can make the difference between a healthy relationship and a strained one. In fact, if you seriously want the love, as well as the spiritual and emotional connection between you and your partner, to last, working hard to maintain your relationship is key.
We're pretty sure that we all have a "type". But if you've noticed that all of your relationships end in the same way, you may want to reevaluate how you approach to the dating game. Seriously, while having a type can have its perks, it can also hurt your love life. In fact, dating the same type of person pretty much sets us up for failure.
Nowadays, it's pretty common for couples who are in love to take their relationship to the next level by moving in together. In fact, it almost seems as if cohabitation has become a major part of the dating world today. But the truth is that there is a lot of research that both supports and rejects the idea of living together without being married. Can living together actually end up ruining your relationship?
When it comes to love, wanting to know if your relationship is healthy (or just plain normal) is pretty natural. No matter how great things are going, there's always going to be a part of us that wonders if what we're experiencing is par for the course; being anxious is just in our nature. it doesn't help that we sometimes let this anxiety get to us, making us feel as if we have to compare our own marriage to everyone else's. But who knows what's supposed to happen? What does a normal marriage even look like, anyway?
We all know the rules: NO SEX on the first date. But what if someone told you that rolling in the hay wouldn't make or break your relationship?
Even though dealing with all of the challenges that come along with connecting with someone can be pretty hard, it doesn't mean that we should throw in the deal just becaue the going is getting tough. No matter how difficult it gets, you have to remember to give it your all—especially if you think that your relationship is worth fighting for.
There's no question that the older you get, the pressure to be in a committed relationship or get married by a certain age will pretty much have a constant presence in your life. But do you really have to have a boyfriend on your birthday just because the big 4-0 [insert fabulous age] has rolled around? Contrary to popular belief, your shelf life has not expired.
Expert power couple Carl Studna and Cynthia James join forces to discuss what factors determine a successful and long lasting relationship. Along their 15 year marriage they've gained some essential knowledge on how to establish and maintain a successful relationship.