Dating

Making relationships work can be a challenge. Making them last when you’re both in the spotlight can be even harder! Despite the challenges, a number of famous pairs have managed to achieve the near-impossible, living the Hollywood “happily-ever-after” dream off-screen. These long-term couples can serve as an inspiration to us all!  Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy William H. Macy, 67, and Felicity Huffman, 55, are a couple that can best be summed up by the popular term “relationship goals.” At first, Huffman, the star of Desperate Housewives ... more ...
Though the latest holiday season is now behind us, in many places the chilly weather lingers. As January gives way to February, blustery winds and low temperatures become more tedious than charming. On top of fighting the chill, many of us find ourselves battling the flu or common cold, both of which spread quickly during the winter months. While there’s no surefire way to guarantee perfect health during the coldest months of the year, these simple steps will offer you the best chance at wellness in the weeks to come. Maintaining or Returning to Healthy Habits After puttin... more ...
Relationships are rarely easy! When it comes to love, many of us feel as though we’re stumbling around in the dark, blindly seeking caring and committed partners. Finding someone, however, is only half of the challenge! Maintaining a healthy relationship can be an even more difficult task. Many of romance’s riddles have yet to be cracked. These fascinating TED Talks, hosted by a variety of researchers and creative professionals, explore romantic love in greater depth. Open your mind to new ideas by watching these engaging chats on love and romance!  Mandy Len Catron ... more ...
In the winter months, it can be tempting to simply sit around at home, curled up under the blankets while watching TV. Though enjoying a few cozy days around the fire is a seasonal must, the colder months remain a great time to stay engaged, going on dates and having fun with others. Are you planning on dating during the colder weeks to come? Whether you prefer low-key home entertainment or active outdoor recreation, these date ideas are sure to inspire you!  1.) Take a stroll down memory lane! Winter is the perfect season for reminiscing. Grab your date and settle down for... more ...
With families sending out picture-perfect Christmas cards and couples snuggling close to avoid the winter winds, the togetherness of the holiday season sometimes serves to make singles feel lonely. Pestering questions from nosy friends and relatives make matters all the more frustrating for those of us who aren’t currently in committed relationships. Are you feeling blue about being single this December? If so, you might just need to change your perspective! Being single and free definitely has its perks. Here are just a few reasons to embrace being unattached this holiday season.&n... more ...
As children, most of us were taught that lying is wrong. Though honesty is almost always the best policy, some subjects are best avoided when meeting somebody new. If these topics come up on your first date, telling a little white lie might actually be in your best interest. If the relationship progresses, you can gradually reveal the more personal details of your life. Intimate Details About Your Family Dynamic Most of us have less than sitcom-perfect relationships with our families. If your relationship with your kin is less than ideal, feel free to simply state that you “stay in ... more ...
What Really Counts as Cheating?What do you consider cheating? Most monogamous individuals will agree that having a physical affair while in a serious relationship is a treacherous form of betrayal. The term "cheating," however, often covers a variety of other behaviors, many of which fall into a grey area. Is flirting considered cheating, or is it only unacceptable when the flirting partner develops feelings for others? Is watching porn acceptable or not? Many individuals find such questions difficult to answer, as there is no universal definition for cheating. What is acceptabl... more ...
Romantic relationships can be complicated, messy, and emotionally draining. For these reasons and others, singles are increasingly turning to "friends with benefits" relationships. In such relationships, two consenting adults generally enter into sex-based, no-strings-attached partnerships. Though FWB relationships can be freeing and sexually gratifying, they are often tricky to maintain. If one partner "catches feelings" for the other, for instance, the arrangement may fall apart. To maintain a successful friends with benefits relationship, both partners have to accep... more ...
Gaslighting is a type of psychological abuse. This narcissistic form of psychological torment relies on presenting false or contradictory information to someone in order to make them doubt their own instincts and perceptions. The term is derived from the classic play Gas Light, in which a husband manipulates his wife into believing she is going insane. Many of us have experienced gaslighting at some point in our lives. Despite the prevalence of this abuse tactic, its successful execution often ensures that we cannot easily identify it when it's happening to us. Do you often feel ... more ...
All of us have expectations regarding dating and relationships. Though we are cognizant of some of these expectations, we may not be conscious of others. It is important to determine whether or not these hopes are realistic. Having high standards, for instance, may benefit us in some ways and hinder us in others. Though your expectations may vary, upholding the following standards in dating and subsequent relationships is a great place to start. They don't check off every box on your "nice-to-have" list. Having unrealistic standards while searching for a potential ... more ...