What The Year Of The Rabbit Means For Your Love Life

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Chinese New Year brings the patient Rabbit in lieu of the passionate Tiger. How will it affect love?

In the Chinese calendar, 2010 was the year of the Tiger. If you're feeling a little tuckered out after these past 12 months, that's natural. It was quite a torrid affair—full of tumultuous mood swings, lots of hard work and over-the-top passionate adventures.

Yeah, we know. Phew.

We survived the drama, and even enjoyed it to a certain extent, but it's time to move on to a calmer year and animal. Enter 2011. Come February 3, it's the year of the Rabbit. Need a little schooling on what that means? Let's take a look.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar, which resets each year in late January to mid-February, is one of the most ancient in the world. According to legend, the Chinese emperor some 4,000 years ago held a race to figure out the order of animals for his new calendar. Only 12 showed up, so there are 12 years. The rat came in first by hitching a ride on the ox's nose and jumping over the finish line at the last possible moment (crafty!). The rabbit was fourth, so we are currently in year number four in the cycle.

The year we're headed toward is significantly less stormy than the one we just endured. Chinese astrologers are projecting "quiet, positive and inspiring" things to come along with the Rabbit. Isn't that a relief?

Rabbit years are generally an excellent time for arts, culture, world diplomacy and focusing on the family, which sounds good to us. But let's get to the real deal, friends. What will our love lives look like for the rest of the year? Well, in a word: sweet.

If you're looking for positivity in your relationships, as we surely hope you are, then it's all about sensitivity and letting your love life unfold with patience—far different from last year's go-after-it approach. 5 Ways To Ask For What You Want In A Relationship

If you're single, the year of the Rabbit will be all about going with the flow and going with your gut. Love will be attainable, but it won't come in the form of exciting, overwrought romanticism. It will be subtle, and ultimately more rewarding if you don't push too hard for things to happen and let them evolve at their own pace.

This year you've been gifted with solid intuition, so use it. Date lots. Play the field. Wait for the right person to walk into your life. There will be tons of takers, but the perfect one might not come along at first. You'll probably have to sit back a while, but don't give up. Remember that saying: Good things come to those who wait. That should be your motto for the next 12 months. Adopt it, and you might just hook yourself a real catch. Date Etiquette: 8 Dos And Don’ts

If you're already in a relationship, this could be your year. The calm and quiet energy of the Rabbit should surround your long-term love, making life pretty blissful. If you both focus on strengthening your bond through the small, everyday aspects of your relationship with a giving attitude—for example, you pick up his dry-cleaning and he grabs your favorite take-out—you'll cultivate the best kind of bond.

And when you're happy, you're often inspired to secure that happiness for the foreseeable future. So if you haven't yet tied the knot, odds are in your favor that you'll wind up committed by the end of this cycle.

With those forecasts, we can't wait to see the year of the Rabbit unfold. It should be a great time for tapping into emotions and finding peace, but ultimately, the year will be what you make of it—in life and in love. So there's only one thing to do, of course… Make it an incredible one.