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5 Tips for keeping your new relationship strong

linOnce you’re past the dating stage and rooted firmly in relationship territory, it’s time to implement some strategies for keeping your new twosome on track. To help you and your guy make a smooth transition from hooking up to shacking up, we’ve put together a few of our best tips aimed at making sure your new love lasts.

Keep things interesting

No one wants to fall into a dreaded relationship rut, and although you don’t have to worry about that happening in the beginning stages, it’s still a good idea to do what you can to ensure you steer clear of monotony (like getting takeout from the same place every Friday night). The best way to avoid a rut is to keep things as interesting as possible and consistently try new things together. Routines aren’t all bad, but it’s when you find yourself doing the same things week in and week out that you run the risk of relationship boredom.

Try new places to eat and go for coffee.

Try at least one new date idea every month (something that neither of you has done).

Make meals you’ve

5 Reasons to ‘Date’ Yourself

loveImagine knowing yourself on a deeper, more gratifying, less judgmental level. Imagine being able to describe yourself to others while being empowered by your strengths and experiences and not cringing at the thought of your weaknesses and struggles. Imagine taking care of yourself, owning your needs and treating yourself with the love and nurturance you would give to a baby or child.

Dating provides the platform to get to know someone, giving you the opportunity to assess if your personalities, goals, and values are compatible. Dating allows you to learn about a potential partner’s likes, dislikes, background, passions, beliefs, and the like. This knowledge is key to forming a romantic bond, however, it raises an important question — how much is dating focused on getting to know someone else when you might feel that you really do not know yourself?

This question leads me to the fun yet frightening exploration process of dating yourself. This is a practice I recommend to my clients who are newly single, grieving a breakup or divorce, attracting unhealthy partners or who are struggling with being single or not connecting on their dates.


Modeling Dating for Teens 5 Things You Should Know

wwwwaOh, yes, they’re watching! Teens may not always seem interested in what their parents are doing but when it comes to dating and love, they are watching every move. Here are some tips on how you can model healthy dating and help the next generation steer clear of some tough situations in their own relationships.

  1. Money Matters

Dinner and drinks can add up to over a hundred dollars in no time. Finding fun, healthy activities that are free or low cost will show teens that quality time getting to know someone does not have to mean you go broke in the process. Go for a bike ride, take a walk or just sit on the front porch talking. Dating does not have to be expensive; every moment does not have to include a limo and a bottle of champagne.

  1. Mental Math

Leading with logic is the best way to keep from making unhealthy choices. By demonstrating that you are keeping your head engaged and not letting your heart run wild, you will influence how your teen views relationships. Make your list of “deal breakers” before you

The Only 5 Relationships That Matter in Life

Without proper relationships, people can’t ever reach their real potential.

A relationship is defined as a connection, association, or involvement. Depending on our relationships, we can either create or destroy anything that we want.

More particularly, our relationships must be controlled. If we cannot control these relationships, we lose all balance in our lives.

There are only five relationships that matter the most. Your relationship with objects, others, family, self, and spirit are the most important ones that you can cultivate.

If you don’t work on grasping any of these relationships, you will suffer the consequences because of your ignorance of them.

I’ve worked diligently to share with you the truth behind these meaningful relationships. I’ve actually put them in order, starting with the least important to the most important. Here they are:

5. Relationship with Objects
Have you ever heard people say, “Just slap that computer and it will work?” That’s a pure sign of ignorance to objects. If you think that slapping a computer to make it work will do the trick, you’ll continue to be deluded from the reality.

Conversely, if you do think your material goods matter, then you will treat them with respect. For example, consider a person who litters relentlessly in

14 Ways To Create The Best Relationship Of Your Life

After 30 years of working with couples and researching how people repaired their relationships, I suddenly realized that we had really reached a pivotal moment; all our studies, stories, and the science had come together, and we were in the midst of a revolution—a new way of truly understanding romantic love. Finally we can grasp the laws of love—and they make sense!

We have cracked the code of love and have found the pathway to the relationships we long for. You can create a fulfilling, safe-haven relationship, restoring the romantic love bond, beginning now:

1. Abandon the out-of-date idea that love is something that just happens to you.

All the new science tells us that romantic love is no longer a mystery. It makes perfect sense. You can learn its laws. You have more control over this riot of emotion than you think! What you understand, you can shape. The first step is to decide to learn about love and the new science of bonding.

2. Every day, try openly reaching out to someone and asking for their attention or affection.

Accept that you are a mammal and that love is an ancient, wired-in survival code. You are happier, healthier, stronger, deal with stress better,

The Life Cycle of Relationships

If you are in a relationship that seems to be headed towards commitment such as getting engaged, married, having kids, etc., it may be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the relationship lifecycle. There are five stages to all relationships. Couples move through the various stages at different speeds and will move back and forth from stage to stage and at times will find themselves in the same stage and other times in different state. Understanding the stages helps the couple normalize what they are experiencing and make better decisions.


All relationships begin with this stage. The need satisfied here is love and belonging. This stage is characterized by its dream like qualities, fantasies, and hopes for the future. The role of this stage is to give the couple a taste of the potential of their union. This stage lasts anywhere between 2 months to 2 years, but averages 6 months. When a person is in this stage, their body produces vast amounts of endorphins, which makes them feel unusually happy, positive and excited about everything in their life. There is not much to fix at this point and the couples is encouraged to continue to explore one

How to Make Close Friends

We all know that friendship is a good thing. But did you know that friends have a huge impact on your happiness and quality of life? Good friends relieve stress, provide comfort and joy, prevent loneliness and isolation, and even strengthen your health. Despite their importance, close friendships don’t just happen. Many of us struggle to meet new friends and develop quality connections. Even when we’re willing to put in the time and effort, we don’t always know how to go about it. But whatever your age or circumstances, it’s never too late to make new friends or reconnect with old ones. These tips can help.

Why friends are important

Our society tends to place an emphasis on romantic relationships. We think that if we can just find that right person, we’ll be happy and fulfilled. But research shows that friends are more important to psychological well-being than even our love and family relationships. Friends bring more happiness into our lives than virtually anything else. Not only that, our friendships (or lack thereof) have a powerful impact on our physical health. Studies show that a lack of social connection can be as damaging as smoking, drinking too much, or leading a sedentary

12 Signs of a Passive-Aggressive Person

How do you know if you’re passive-aggressive?

Well, do people think you’re difficult to be around? Do they not trust you or respect you the way you wish they would? Truth is you that you may be exhibiting passive-aggressive behaviors that totally confuse people — and turn them off to you.

In order to make these unseemly behavioral traits abundantly clear to you, I’m offering you a very straightforward list of passive-aggressive examples. You may find this harsh. But I hope you find it helpful.

Generally, you’re behaving in a passive-aggressive manner when you:

  1. Don’t speak your truth openly, kindly, and honestly when asked for your opinion or when asked to do something for someone. How this shows up in communication is being “assertively unassertive.” You say “Yes” (assertive) when you really mean “No way” (unassertive). Then, you let your behavior say “No way” for you. People become confused and mistrusting of you.
  2. Appear sweet, compliant, and agreeable, but are really resentful, angry, petty, and envious underneath.You’re living with pairs of opposites within, and that’s making those around you crazy.
  3. Are afraid of being alone and equally afraid of being dependent.This is the case of “I hate you. Don’t leave me.” You fear direct communication because you fear rejection. You then

5 Bad Habits that Tank First Dates

We’ve all done it, right? We’ve gotten to the end of a first date and thought, “Wow, I really screwed that one up; I talked about all the wrong things at all the wrong times.” If you find yourself tanking first dates too often, then try to avoid these habits that can derail the first-date train before it even gets going.

  1. Don’t Monopolize the Conversation
    Talking too much is a major no-no when you’re trying to get to know someone. But it’s an easy trap to fall into. Sometimes we’re so invested in “selling” ourselves that we go on and on in our attempt to let a date know how great we are. Or sometimes we do just the opposite, displaying our insecurities by constantly apologizing for our shortcomings or complaining about our job or our family or other relationships.

Whatever the reason that tempts you to monopolize the conversation, resist it. Instead of talking too much, try to just focus on the moment at hand and be fully present with the other person. Ask questions, try to get to know him or her, and don’t work so hard to mention everything about yourself that you want your date to know.

7 Fatal Flaws of Selection

Choosing a person to spend your life with is a serious decision, and the implications of picking the wrong person can impact many people—you, your partner, and any children involved, as well as both extended families. With the estimated divorce rate in the United States continuing to be over 40% for all first-time marriages, having the tools to make better choices is even more important to long-term happiness and relationship success.

Here are the seven time-tested fatal flaws of faulty mate selection to keep in mind while you search for that one special person:

  1. Too Fast! Slow Down!

Marriage should be a serious decision that takes many aspects into consideration. In fact, some experts recommend that a couple dates for at least two years to ensure they are making the correct choice. Two years may seem like a long time, but sometimes romantic feelings can cloud personal judgment, blinding you to admitting any incompatibilities that you may see but choose not to. Not only that, but not all incompatibilities are revealed in the first year. By the second year, however, any serious incongruities will emerge.

  1. Too Young

The divorce rate for those 20 years old or younger is a whopping 85%—that means only 15% of all

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Dating

No one enjoys being lied to, which is why people on eHarmony rank “honesty” as one of the most important traits they look for in a partner. But when it comes to telling ourselves the truth, we don’t always hold to the same standard. Sometimes we fudge a little. Sometimes, in fact, we tell ourselves blatant lies.

Far from innocent and harmless, these self-deceptions can keep us from finding great relationships. Here are five of the most common lies we tell ourselves about dating:

  1. “Love is for everyone except me.” Even if you don’t actually say these words to yourself, they may form the basis of a nameless, nagging fear. Either way, the feeling of being destined to forever stand on the outside of love looking in is common. Instead of telling yourself this lie, stop blurring the line between fact and fear. The lack of a significant other in your life currently may be a fact, but projecting that reality dismally into the future is all about fear. It can also become a self-fulfilling prediction, keeping you from exploring new relationships.
  2. “I don’t really deserve more.” This lie can prevent you from taking the risk of exploring a new relationship or keep you stuck

Online dating 10 rules to help find the ideal partner

My worst dating experience began promisingly. I’d met a guy online – he was interesting and good-looking, and we had great conversations. When he asked me out, it was a no-brainer, and when we met, he actually looked better than he did in his profile photos. He was smart, funny and had a great job. Midway through our date, his phone started buzzing. It was his wife. Supposedly they’d separated very recently, but he was still living in their house and she very much thought their relationship was intact.

No doubt you have a terrible dating story (or many stories) of your own. Even after that terrible date, my friends and family told me I was being too picky, and that unless I relaxed my standards, I’d never get married. Ultimately, I decided that was ridiculous. If I was looking for someone to spend the rest of my life with, why wouldn’t I be as choosy as possible?

So I began a month-long experiment, analysing the profiles of popular online daters and their behaviour on dating sites. What I discovered surprised me, to say the least. It also led me to my husband. Here are my top 10 tips for online dating based

7 Things to Remember When You Start a New Relationship

It feels so exciting when you fall in love and start a new relationship! New relationships are about hope, some expectations and fresh feelings. But sometimes a new relationship collapses when they hardly starts. I’ve been thinking about all my relationships, both successful and not so successful, and I’ve come to the conclusion that a good start determines the further outcome of your relationship. When you just start dating someone it’s very easy to make mistakes and scary the person away. Sure, every relationship is highly individual and unique, but here some universal tips to remember when you start a new relationship.

1. Don’t pursue your boyfriend

I always found it difficult. When I fall in love with someone I want to spend every second with this person to get to know him better. I become literally obsessed with the guy and it’s often the main cause of all my unsuccessful relationships. Such an excessive attention is the sure way to frighten the person off. Try to avoid calling him every hour or typing romantic messages if you’ve just started dating. Guys love when a girl can take the first step, but they cannot stand when the girl is persistent or even

Dating on the Cheap The Holiday Edition

It’s supposed to be a festive time of year but often the financial burden of the holiday season, from the high cost of airline tickets home to long lists for gift giving, leaves the wallet empty for dating.

Five star dining, limo rides and expensive bottles of bubbly don’t make for a perfect date. Creativity and ingenuity are more important than any amount of money spent so leave the dozen roses at home and read on for our top ideas for dating on the cheap.

Create a Walking Tour

New York resident Preeti Nangia might live in one of the most expensive cities in the country but the high cost of living has made the single Manhattanite come up with creative ways to date without breaking the bank. “One of my favorite dates is to make my own walking tour of the city,” says Preeti. “Map out certain landmarks and stop by predetermined destinations along the way. End the date in a scenic location like a gorgeous hotel or park fountain. During the holidays make sure your tour lasts well into the evening to take in your neighborhood’s holiday lights or your cities downtown area, which probably has a decorated tree.”

Enjoy the Outdoors

Anything outdoors

4 Things Every Man Wants In A Woman

While every man is different, there are certain things about a woman that will make any man stand up, take notice, and make him decide he wants to get to know you on a deeper level.

If you want to win the right man’s heart, you need to know what it is that makes a man go from just feeling casual about dating you to wanting and needing you on a deeper level.  I’m going to take you inside a man’s mind you so you understand what it takes to trigger this kind of connection.

And I’m talking about a real man – one who is mature and grounded on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. They are on a great path and open to growing on a deeply personal level.  I’m betting that’s exactly why you’re on this site: to find a quality kind of guy – a real man looking for a real relationship.

So what does a mature, REAL man want in a woman?

#1) A Real Man Wants A Woman Who Is Playful
There’s something that drives men wild and invites them into a deeper level of “connection” – play.

Men love to be active and to play. They were

7 Things You Should Learn from Your Failed Relationship

When you experience a relationship break-up, you usually begin to analyze your past and lose the faith in true love. The feelings of sorrow make you waste your time looking for a reason why he broke up with you. You’d better try to find a lesson in the pain of your past relationship. You should know that relationships give you the chance to grow spiritually and get new and precious experiences. Those who think that they’ve wasted time with the wrong person are not right, because relationships also offer you opportunities to understand your past, your fears, your essence and what the meaning of the true love is. Love is not a simple thing. You need some time to learn how to love and value the relationship with your beloved. I hope this article will help you focus on your past and find the answers to all annoying questions that make you feel worried.

1. Everyone needs free space

Many people think that a true love means that they should spend 24 hours a day together with the person they love. Such schedule will make you lose your identity in a quite short period of time. Remember, everyone needs some free time

3 Steps To Stop A Man From Withdrawing

When a man becomes distant, sometimes the way a woman communicates her feelings to him makes him want to withdraw even more.  But if you know these three steps, you can turn this into an opportunity to connect with him and make him want to come even closer to you.

It’s finally happening: you met a man you’re compatible with, you really like him, and the feeling is mutual.  He’s showering you with attention, making plans to see you, making time to call you, and generally letting you know that he’s so happy to have found you.

Then something happens.  Out of the blue, he pulls back from you.  Maybe he doesn’t mention seeing you this weekend, or he gets off the phone a little earlier than usual.  Or maybe he’s not being as affectionate. You sense a shift in the way he is with you, and it doesn’t feel good.  In fact, it’s downright scary.

As a woman, our first instinct is to try to fix the situation by getting closer to him.  We’ll ask him what’s wrong, call him, and start worrying.  But this can actually push a man further away because he’ll feel coerced.

The real secret to making sure his

Seven tips for successful online dating


1. Your photos is everything

This is the big one, because depressing though it may be, your smiling face is the first thing on which people will judge you. Relationship psychologist Honey Langcaster-James says: “Look straight into the camera and smile showing your teeth – this says open, friendly, healthy and confidence.” A recent study of the most popular profiles on dating sites showed 88 per cent are making eye contact with the camera in their profile picture.

Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at Match.com, also suggests: “Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently. You look like a new user and people who might have missed you before are more likely to give you a second look.” A final thought from Honey: “Don’t be tempted to airbrush your picture or present yourself looking too much better than you do in real life, and give group photos a miss to avoid confusion.”

2. Ask a friend to read your profile

It might feel a little awkward, but dating expert Peter Spalton says it’s a great idea to ask a friend to cast a fresh eye over what you’ve written – and not just to check your spelling. “We live in

15 Ways to Know It’s Time to Break Up

The road to a fulfilling, enduring relationship is almost always littered with a few attempts that turned out to be unfulfilling and unenduring. That’s what dating is all about—finding out if two people have the qualities and compatibility to sustain a relationship over the long haul.

Sometimes you know for sure when it’s time to break up. But other times you’re not so sure. Should you hang in there and give it a chance? Or should you move on so you don’t squander precious time and energy? Here are 15 indicators that, yes, it’s time to move on and seek better prospects:

  1. Questions keep popping up in your head. It’s natural and healthy to evaluate a relationship at critical steps, but don’t ignore those nagging concerns that are trying to tell you something.
  2. You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling way too soon. If you don’t feel consistent sparks and fireworks while dating, it’s a sure sign the chemistry just isn’t there.
  3. The people closest to you express concern. If several people sound the alarm about your relationship, it’s wise to at least take it seriously.
  4. Mistrust has crept in. Trust is the glue that holds couples together. If you have legitimate reason to doubt