Dating

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 ...
Since the advent of the internet, pornography has proliferated. Instead of visiting an adult movie theater or grabbing a copy of Hustler or Playboy, anyone with an internet connection can now access billions of hours of pornographic content with just the click of a mouse. As porn use has skyrocketed, so has research regarding its effects on viewers and their romantic relationships. What sort of impact could pornography be having on your life and your relationships? Recent research has offered up the following preliminary conclusions. Porn addiction is a real problem for many. Vi... more ...
“Micro-cheating” is the latest buzzword in the field of relationship psychology. Though the term sounds self-explanatory, the behaviors that fall under the category of micro-cheating are diverse. Have you ever been guilty of committing a micro-cheating crime? Read on to find out! What exactly is micro-cheating? Australian psychologist Melanie Schilling coined the term “micro-cheating” in 2017. She defines the concept as “a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused outside their relationship.”... more ...
Over the course of our lives, nearly all of us have been exposed to numerous “truths” about relationships. Happy couples, we’re told, never go to bed angry with one another. Having a baby is a good way to save a crumbling marriage. Such beliefs, however, are often inaccurate, if not patently untrue! Holding such misguided beliefs just might cause problems in your future relationships. Here are a few of the most common relationship myths and the truths behind these statements. Myth #1: If a relationship is right, it won’t require much work. Even the best r... more ...
In his bestselling relationship book The Five Love Languages, marriage counselor and pastor Dr. Gary Chapman highlights five primary ways in which individuals tend to express their feelings of affection towards one another. After years of counseling adults who felt misunderstood in their relationships, Chapman realized that the primary challenge faced by most couples was that many individuals were speaking different “love languages” than their partners. By learning more about your primary love language and that of your current partner, you can radically transform the ways in w... more ...
Menopause is an uncomfortable subject for many women to discuss. One recent survey suggests that nearly 25% of women over the age of 45 feel uncomfortable talking about “the change” with their romantic partners. Every mature woman, however, will eventually experience menopause and the physical, mental, and emotional symptoms of this major hormonal shift. These symptoms can have far-reaching effects, impacting not just the woman undergoing the change, but those around her as well. Don’t let hormonal changes wreak havoc on your latest romance! When menopause causes difficu... more ...
Back pain is the most common disability worldwide. In many developed countries, back problems are among the most frequent reasons for doctor’s visits and work absences. It has been estimated that 4 in 5 adults will experience some type of back pain during their lifetime. Simply put, back pain is a problem for most of us! Though most back problems are not caused by serious or chronic conditions, aches and pains from the neck and shoulders down to the tailbone can be bothersome at best and debilitating at worst. By managing and treating your pain appropriately, however, you can reduce... more ...
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 ...