Dating

One of the most devastating experiences in anyone’s life is ending a relationship with a lover or a spouse. It does not matter what caused the breakdown in the relationship. When emotions are involved, a breakup can result in much hurt and bitterness, especially when one lover thought that this was a lifelong relationship. Life does not always meet our expectations.We often enter the relationship with fantastic ideas- but we must face the reality that this individual is not our ideal partner, and we want out. Can we exit a relationship gracefully? Or does it not matter how we leave becau... more ...
After a divorce, many people make the mistake of getting back too fast into the dating game. They jump into a new relationship before they’ve had time to process their feelings about their divorce. Others feel so much anguish, they refuse to get into another relationship. Since going through a divorce is highly stressful, take the time to reflect on your life, understand what happened, and grieve over your loss. Only after you’ve taken the time to mull over your feelings should you date again.Here are 6 tips to ease into the senior dating scene again.   1. ... more ...
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve made the mental decision to start dating again. This leap of faith is likely causing jitters as you anticipate the type of person you may meet and what it could potentially lead to.However, before you get too excited about finding ‘the one’, pump the brakes and take a deep breath.Before putting yourself out there, it’s important to take a close look at your expectations and how high or low you are setting the bar. No matter what age you are beginning your dating journey, it’s easy to get caught in the excitement of ... more ...
With more and more couples meeting online and through dating apps, long-distance relationships are becoming increasingly common. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe, even couples that live near one another may find themselves meeting up less often to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. For those who don’t have the opportunity to see their partners each week, sending a care package can be one of the most meaningful ways to show affection from a distance.  Even if your love interest lives nearby, assembling a care package is a great way to tangibly expres... more ...
If you’re interested in psychology, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across the term “inner child” before. Self-help books have recently zeroed in on the inner child as one of the primary sources of unhappiness and dysfunction in our adult lives. The inner child is a metaphorical concept that can be deeply helpful in understanding the ways in which we behave as adults. Perhaps you find that you’re prone to lashing out at your partner when you’re upset. Maybe you find that you struggle with expressing your feelings openly and honestly, instea... more ...
When entering into a brand-new relationship, we often spend hours chatting with our love interest. As our relationships become more serious, however, the ways in which we communicate tend to change. Instead of flirting and complimenting our partners, our conversations tend to center upon more practical matters. Instead of whispering sweet words in our partner’s ear, we’re more likely to end up ranting about a rough day at work. Instead of chatting about our hopes and dreams for the future, we often crash on the couch, watching a TV show or movie together in near-silence. Focus... more ...
If movies and romance novels are to be believed, discovering true love is almost always followed by a blissful “happily ever after.” Those of us who have been in serious relationships, however, know that this certainly isn’t the case! Even the best relationships involve hard work and dedication.  When we’ve found “The One,” we want to build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. What are the secrets to staying happy and building an enduring partnership? Here are a few words of wisdom from couples who have stuck with their partners for decades. By be... more ...
After being with your partner for some time, it’s likely that you’ve fallen into a bit of a romantic rut. Even if you’ve only been dating for a few weeks, you may already be settling into a routine with your new love interest. Watching Netflix together or going out for dinner and an ice cream cone simply aren’t that fun or romantic anymore. Being romantic often involves surprising our partners. Taking your partner for granted and simply following the same old routine is one of the easiest ways to kill the passion in your relationship. Though surprises can be expens... more ...
At the beginning of new relationships, we invest lots of time and effort into getting to know our partners. Over time, however, the distractions and pressures of daily life gradually begin to deteriorate our romantic bonds. If both partners are engaged in full-time work outside of the household, it can be particularly difficult to find time to reconnect on a daily basis. Studies show that many busy couples end up spending less than 10% of their time alone together!Falling in love is easy; maintaining a loving, romantic relationship for years is much more difficult! Creating a love that lasts r... more ...
Though all of us would love to have conflict-free relationships, the truth of the matter is that all relationships, no matter how strong, involve disputes and arguments. The way in which we discuss our differences of opinion, however, can make or break the bond we have with our partner. Whether you’re currently in a relationship or are just starting the dating process, it is important to learn how to best express your discontent to your partner. Are you able to voice a complaint in a way that doesn’t hurt your partner’s feelings, or do you tend to speak in a more critica... more ...