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36 Questions to Ask Your Partner

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 10.07.2015 | Weddings
Vanessa Van Edwards

Social psychology researcher Arthur Aron of the Interpersonal Relationships Lab at Stony Brook University in New York developed 36 questions to help people break through each of the intimacy levels. You can do these with your partner or with friends. I highly recommend them to parents and teens.

The Lobster's Version of Love: Why Similarity Fosters Connections

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

I tend now to be attracted to men who have succeeded in areas that I haven't but wanted to, and I find that men who are drawn to me tend to value the areas I'm accomplished in. This is both speaking to our differences as well as our similarities.

How To Create Unabashed, Unadulterated Sex After 50

Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2015 | Fifty
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D.

Sometimes when we are in a relationship -- especially a long-term relationship -- we get comfortable and fall into a routine. Nowhere is this more common than in our sex lives.

Creating Richer Relationships: Exercises to Improve Intimacy

Pamela Dussault | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

Here are a couple of helpful exercises that you can do together to remove your walls. You should know up front these exercises are going to feel awkward, but well worth the effort.

Looking For Love Again: A Widow's Guide

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Women
Sienna Jae Fein

Finding a man with whom to continue life's journey depends on your ability -- and his -- to compromise. But as burdened with baggage as both of you are, it's hard to leap blithely onto the train. How to find contentment together when you're schlepping all that cargo?

3 Keys to Marriage Success: Intimacy, Passion and Commitment

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 09.24.2015 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

There are many theories about what makes a marriage strong and which qualities allow a couples to grow and function well together. I have always appreciated Dr. Robert Sternberg's concepts in the Triangular Theory of Love: Intimacy, Passion, and Commitment.

The Open Relationship Toolkit: 6 Keys To Success in Honest Outsourcing

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 09.23.2015 | Women
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

To begin honest outsourcing takes an acknowledgment that no one person, or relationship, can ever fulfill all of our desires or needs, nor should we want it to. Most people already acknowledge this in one way or another, but when it comes to outsourcing sex or romance many folks feel threatened.

Rigid Gender Roles -- Enemies of the New Intimacy

Randi Gunther | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Randi Gunther

Living within traditional male and female roles in committed relationships is currently undergoing significant scrutiny. Whether in straight or gay ...

How Meditation Can Improve Your Marriage

Jennie Lee | Posted 09.22.2015 | Weddings
Jennie Lee

Modern marriages face a lot of stress -- too little time and money, too much technology and temptation. In order to keep your love alive, it is es...

10 Sex Secrets I Wish I Knew Before I Was Married

Brian Orme | Posted 09.18.2015 | Weddings
Brian Orme

Pursue her. Make sure she knows you want her in more ways than just the physical. Pursue her mind. Pursue her heart. Pursue her in every way possible.

Dealing With Differences

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

A relationship that is able to minimize the occurrence of crisis is also effectively avoiding unnecessary drama. The result is the attainment of a resiliency that strengthens the connective tissue and deepens a faith in the ability to weather relational breakdowns.

Why 30 Million Men Joined Ashley Madison

Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks

When hackers exposed the 30-million member list of Ashley Madison, the extramarital affairs website, many families suffered. Sadly, there has alrea...

The Habit That Can Lead To Hot Married Sex

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 09.14.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

I met her at a social media meet-up and we clicked immediately. Her husband was also there -- across the room from us, hanging out with some cronies. They made frequent eye contact with each other. He winked. She smiled back. Their overt appeal apparent, I was captivated by their chemistry.

Outsourcing Honestly: How Opening Up a Relationship Can Make it Stronger

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 09.08.2015 | Weddings
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

The belief that a lifetime of monogamy is the only way sets people up for a lot of pain and failure, as even most monogamous folks (a few unicorns aside) will generally have more than one partner in their lifetime.

"Am I Getting It Right Yet?"

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Countless American males are living in committed heterosexual relationships driven by the question: "Am I getting it right yet?" Our culture continues to drive home the message if males are emotionally bankrupt, then they are real men.

I Know My Husband Loves Me Because He Gave Me His Password for His Cell

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2015 | Style
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Some people are very private with their cell phone passwords. Other people wish they didn't even have to have one. I'm not sure why different people f...

14 Marriage Non-Negotiables That Will Keep You Out Of Divorce Court

Becky Whetstone, Ph.D., "Doctor Becky" | Posted 09.04.2015 | Divorce
Becky Whetstone, Ph.D.,

After over 10 years of being in the trenches with couples, I have realized that most people don't clearly understand what it means to be married or what is involved.

Strength is Sexy

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Style
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

Speaking straight takes courage. It takes strength. That's sexy. That's real intimacy. Share with others - especially media friends who influence many - what you think makes up real intimacy, courage and strength.Then we'll all benefit from your insights. Have the strength to share.

A Pill for Libido. Really?

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2015 | Fifty
Rose Kumar, M.D.

As an internist who sees hundreds of women in the second half of life, I am all too familiar with women's waning libidos. Having gone through menopau...

'Intimacy Art Show' Will Make You Want To Get Close To Somebody

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.22.2015 | Arts

"Intimate": It's one of those loaded words that can imply everything from meaningless sex to a revealing, heartfelt conversation. It can sound warm a...

The Truth About The 'Hard Work' Of Marriage

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Recently, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner decided to divorce - because apparently their marriage was "too much work." We frequently hear this from couples in our office, who are ready to give up on love and wonder if they can resurrect a marriage that has been sinking.

The #1 Trait Both Partners Find Irresistible When It Comes To Sex

Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D.

Why is it that we can be so productive, proactive, and confident in so many areas of our lives (families, careers, charity, and so on), but when it comes to expressing ourselves sexually, we clam up?

Chances Are Your Partner Is Attracted to Other People

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

When you make room in your relationship to honor the possibility of outside attractions and the feelings they create, it can help you stay connected and engaged with each other instead of developing separate lives where you keep your attractions hidden. Being able to talk about scary topics like outside attractions can even help prevent affairs from happening.

How to Wreck Your Marriage -- Part 1

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 07.29.2015 | Divorce
Cindy Finch, LICSW

In order to thoroughly wreck your marriage relationship or intimate partnership, be someone who looks at their own faults through a telescope but everyone else's with a microscope. Critical people focus on the failures of others, are self-righteous and highly defensive when criticized themselves.

The Building Blocks of Erotic Intimacy

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

The goal is for the addict is to learn to securely attach to healthy partners and experience the joy of intimacy, which once tasted, can be so powerful it incinerates all illusions that sexual acting out can ever fulfill the deep inner longing for connection that all humans have in common.