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The One Big, Not-So-Secret Secret Of A Happy Relationship

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 01.29.2015 | Weddings
Mary-Lou Stephens

Sometimes I want to be weak and helpless and have someone else to blame for everything that's wrong in my life. But if that's true, where does it leave me? What can I learn or improve from that position of helplessness?

Is the First Cut Really the Deepest?

Susan Winter | Posted 01.29.2015 | Women
Susan Winter

Our first love may not be our last love. But it's forever etched in our hearts. It's the reminder of the finest part of ourselves as we found unity with another. It's the template we seek to revisit.

The Bachelor Weirdness Summed Up by Blake Shelton and SNL

Taylor Marsh | Posted 01.28.2015 | Women
Taylor Marsh

The Bachelor is an impossible situation for women who don't know themselves and who aren't confident. Sharing deeply traumatic events too early when meeting someone may heal you, but it won't solidify the ground on which a lasting partnership can be built.

15 Unavoidable Stages You Go Through After Getting Cheated On

Bustle | Posted 01.27.2015 | Divorce

The worst thing about getting cheated on is that the pain doesn't end when the infidelity does, or even when the relationship does. Once you've found out you were betrayed, kicked the loser out of your life and found yourself alone, you've got to face a whole new challenge.

I Was Addicted To Sexting

Ravishly | Posted 01.22.2015 | Women

"I don't send sexy pictures. I mean, that's like a virtual hickey," began *Stephanie, the most logical of my college friends. "Someone has marked their territory on you. They own your image." It was sound advice. I probably should have followed it.

How To Keep Your Hustle at Work While Dealing With A Breakup

Amber Aziza | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
Amber Aziza

Yes, a loss of love can be earth-shattering, but I couldn't let that impact the other really awesome, really major parts of my life... and neither should you.

Why Alone Doesn't Mean Lonely

Unwritten | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women

This is the time to reframe what it means to be single. Consider everything you have that makes your heart full without being in a relationship right now.

Looking For Love? Put Down Your Cell Phone

Linda Wolff | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
Linda Wolff

Put down your phones. Strike up a conversation. Your future love interest could be standing right in front of you...ordering a soy latte.

Top 10 Love Lessons from 'The Bachelor' (Wedding Crashers Episode)

Em & Lo | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Is Chris Soules so boring that the producers' only recourse is to turn the show into an ongoing bloopers reel? Probably.

10 Relationship Resolutions For The New Year

Annabel Acton | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Annabel Acton

If you are doing the online thing, forget the perpetual flirty ping-pong and just meet up. You'll never know unless you actually meet in person. Why prolong it? Rip off the Band-aid and swap the text time for face time (the real kind).

5 Tips to Mindfully Heal from a Breakup

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Jennifer Twardowski

Some moments you may feel perfectly fine, but then something triggers a memory and you find yourself trying to fight back the tears. Or just when you think you're completely over it, you cross paths with them and all those thoughts and feelings of being with them come storming back again

5 Things No Single Woman Wants To Hear

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Sarah Thebarge

I know you probably mean this question as a compliment. But if that's the case, just tell me I'm pretty or I'm kind or I'm... whatever. Just affirm me for what you see instead of interrogating me about why a man didn't see it, too.

12 Lessons Learned In 12 Years Of Marriage

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 01.23.2015 | Weddings
Justin Ricklefs

We were young, in love and ready for marriage when we said yes in our early twenties. But that doesn't necessarily mean we were prepared.

9 Things Successful Couples Do Differently

Kali Rogers | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Kali Rogers

Happy couples don't shy away. They listen, they argue, they talk, they solve. They fight clean, but they don't hold back their truth.

What I Learned About My Marriage On The Dance Floor

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 01.15.2015 | Weddings
Nicole Jankowski

Marriage, like dancing, can be very hard to do well and takes practice. It's terrifying when you are doing something you thought you knew how to do -- only to find you might actually know nothing at all.

Marriage, Hurt Egos and Good Intentions

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.15.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I was seething. The layers of resentment that hover on a daily basis, waiting for a weak moment, leapt at me. Laundry, lunches, cat litter, pet food, coffee, bills, rehearsal schedules and permission slips.

Worrying About Sex (In Your 40's)

MiddleSexy | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women

I worry that my husband may not want to bone me because, well, I'm not in good shape right now. Yes, I said it. I'm a few or 10 pounds overweight and I'm not even finding myself attractive.

13 Reasons Wine Is Better Than a Significant Other

Samantha Matt | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Samantha Matt

Wine knows everyone at the party. And even if wine didn't know everyone at the party, wine would be totally social because no one has a problem talking when wine is involved.

This Is What True, Lasting Love Looks Like

Linda S. Haase | Posted 01.08.2015 | Weddings
Linda S. Haase

True love is what's left after the candles have burned out, the roses have died and the chocolates are gone.

Four And A Half Things That Men Really Want

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 01.06.2015 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

Here are some examples of things your husband wants you to chill out about: what tone your child just used, what happened to the throw pillow, why do we have two opened boxes of the same kind of cereal, what tone the school secretary used, how many days it has been since your sister texted.

3 Tips For Former Cheaters (Or, How Not To Cheat For Dummies)

Bustle | Posted 01.05.2015 | Divorce

I punished myself for years before I learned to sit quietly with what I'd done, and spoiler alert: moving on from something like that doesn't come easily, either.

Why 'I Miss You' Doesn't Mean 'I Want You'

Unwritten | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women

I don't want you to kiss me or hold my hand, or tell me that you love me. I don't want to date you or even have sex with you. I simply don't want you. I miss you, that's all. I miss how you used to make me feel.

Here's Why Marriage Will Never, Ever Be Fair

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 01.03.2015 | Weddings
Nicole Jankowski

In fact, I am learning that the less I worry about the way we divide up the heavy lifting of being married, the more I feel like it seems pretty fair. And it feels like we can give and sacrifice with less effort and to take with less guilt.

10 New Year's Resolutions For Singles Who Want To Mingle

Wendy Atterberry | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Wendy Atterberry

Say yes more. Yes to blind dates, yes to evenings out with friends, yes to the random invite to go ice skating in the park next Saturday, yes to showing your friend's brother around when he's in town next month on business. It's easier to meet people when you actually leave the house.

Looking For Love This Week? You're Not Alone

Sara Eckel | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Sara Eckel

Getting jilted during the holidays is rough, but there is a bright side for both new and long-term singles. In terms of the numbers anyway, this is the very best time to look love.