Dating

As with the winter holidays, being single on Valentine’s Day can be disheartening. Though the holiday is meant to celebrate love and romance, it can make singles feel as though there’s something wrong with them or their lives.Though romantic in theory, Valentine’s Day is ultimately an overrated holiday! Here are a few reasons to skip Valentine’s Day this year, as well as a few alternative ways you can celebrate on your own. Valentine’s Day Makes Us Feel Unloved As if society doesn’t push images of love and romance down our throats enough, Valentine... more ...
Going out on a first date can be stressful! In addition to worrying about the impression you’ll make, you and your date also need to choose an activity to engage in together! Most first dates involve meeting up at a conventional dating hotspot, such as a local pub, coffee shop, or cinema. After so many beers, cappuccinos, and bags of popcorn, however, things can get pretty boring. Constantly engaging in the same routine often leads to the same uninteresting interactions. Instead of taking your new love interest out for dinner and a movie, do something different for a change! Choose ... more ...
The world of dating can be fraught with awkward encounters. First dates can be particularly hit-or-miss. Sometimes, the conversation flows and sparks fly. At other times, you might find yourself wanting to climb through a bathroom window just to get out of a bad date! Though it can be hard to laugh about a painful encounter while you’re suffering through it, many bad dates can be funny in retrospect. Here are a few dating disaster stories that are guaranteed to make you cringe and laugh! Let Me Entertain You Most dates involve some discussion of one’s family and frie... more ...
At some point or another, most of us have contemplated getting back together with an ex. In many cases, we ultimately realize that we’re simply nostalgic, remembering the good times we’ve had with former lovers while neglecting to acknowledge the problems that caused these relationships to fail. In some cases, however, getting back together with an ex might actually be a good idea. If both individuals have grown and changed, for instance, rekindling a romance could lead to a happy and healthy future relationship. Is getting back together with your ex worthwhile, or should... more ...
The world of dating can be rough! From a lack of compatibility to non-availability, there are many reasons why it can be difficult to find Mr. or Mrs. “Right.” At some point or another, many of us have come to the realization that one of our friends might actually be the perfect match for us. Though both friendship and romance involve interpersonal connection and intimacy, the dynamics of these two relationships are often starkly different. Would you and your best buddy make for a happy couple, or would your differences simply lead to drama? Before asking your friend out on a ... more ...
When it comes to new relationships, most of us are intimidated by the idea of having “The Talk.” Are we dating exclusively? Are we boyfriend and girlfriend? Verbalizing these questions can be frightening, particularly if you’re unsure as to whether or not your love interest feels the same as you do!Based on dating studies and the consensus of relationship experts, most individuals tend to discuss making their relationships official after one to two months of dating. Others, however, may wait six months or more before labeling their relationships. Is it time for you to ta... more ...
As the leaves begin to change color and the winds begin to grow cooler, many of us find ourselves wanting to snuggle up with our lovers. Whether it’s a bright and sunny day or a drizzly, chilly evening, these simple, fall-themed dates are guaranteed to lead to romance!   Have a Spooky Movie Marathon Autumn is the season of spectres, spirits, and everything scary! Whether you're a fan of terrifying horror films or prefer more light-hearted Halloween fare, fall is the perfect time for cuddling up on the couch with a few favorite seasonal flicks. Grab your lover'... more ...
When it comes to relationships, many articles and studies focus on the negatives. We’re often told which behaviors are most likely to lead to future relationship problems or breakups. Brian Ogolsky, a research professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, wanted to change this, instead choosing to analyze over 1,000 studies to discover the tools couples use to make their relationships last. The following tips are a summary of some of the most universally-successful techniques identified by Ogolsky during the course of his research.    Interpret Things in a Posi... more ...
In this day and age, we’re more aware of gender inequality than ever before. Despite this fact, double standards, often associated with gender stereotypes, continue to affect the ways in which we interact with one another. When it comes to dating and long-term relationships, these forms of inequality and hypocrisy can quickly lead to feelings of frustration and resentment. Do you feel as though your love interest can “get away” with things that you can’t? Do you ever feel as though you and your partner expect different things from one another? If so, discussing the... more ...
In the world of dating, “nice guys” have acquired a reputation for finishing last. According to common lore, women are most attracted to “bad boys” who treat them with little respect. How much of this is true, however? Can a man treat a woman well and still have success in the world of dating? Are you a “bad boy,” a “nice guy,” or a “good guy?” Read on to discover the answers to these pressing questions! “Nice Guys” VS “Good Guys” - What’s the Difference? Though originally used to describe ... more ...