Dating

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 ...
Studies suggest that couples in serious relationships fight about money more than anything else. In regards to married couples, money problems are cited as the second leading cause of divorce, topped only by infidelity.  Whether you’ve just begun seeing someone new or are already in a more committed relationship, it is important to reach common ground with your love interest regarding your financial habits and plans for the future.  Keep your relationship healthy and strong! Use the following tips and techniques to help you navigate financial conflicts in your current... more ...
Long-distance relationships are often challenging. If you meet a future partner online, there’s a good chance that you’ll be in a long-distance relationship, at least for a certain period of time.  Between messaging apps and video chatting, being in a long-distance relationship is easier than ever before. Gone are the days of waiting for a message to arrive in your mailbox, or waiting by the phone for a long-distance call. Though technology has made communication faster and simpler than ever before, maintaining a healthy relationship remains as difficult as ever.Do you lo... more ...
Everyone loves receiving genuine compliments. Did you know that giving compliments can make you feel just as good? Research has shown that demonstrating kindness towards others releases oxytocin in the brain, a “feel-good” hormone that leads to deeper feelings of social bonding.  Compliments are one of the simplest ways to make others feel appreciated and “seen.” Whether you’re trying to woo a potential love interest or simply want to spread positivity amongst your friends and colleagues, compliments are one of the best tools for igniting joy in yourself... more ...