Category: Relationships

Are monogamous couples happier? Maybe not.

Are monogamous couples happier? Maybe not.
If you’re one of the many, many, many people out there that believe that your coupled friends have it great because they’re in a monogamous relationship, a new study released by the University of Michigan could make you rethink the idea that being paired up equals happiness. I’ll admit I was one of those believers. Even... Read more »

The Relationship Diva on YT!

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The Relationship Diva has lived on a blog years! Now here I am trying to my hand with a new medium with You Tube. (And facing my fears in the process) Hugs, The RD    

Why your relationship with YOU matters

Why your relationship with YOU matters
It’s amazing how quickly things change in a blink. This reality is a tough pill to swallow when you’re as big of a planner as I am. On one hand, there’s that random busy that makes it hard to keep up with a blog (like the periods of quiet I’ve have on this site) mainly because... Read more »
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There's still a place for Girl Scouts today

There's still a place for Girl Scouts today
In a noisy media landscape, I caught on to nugget of news like everyone else that the Boy Scouts were going to start admitting girls. While a flurry of coverage was generated, including questions on what this meant for the Girl Scouts, I don’t know that it was as loud as other types of coverage,... Read more »

The five types of friends everyone should have

The five types of friends everyone should have
I’ll freely admit that my base of friends have changed drastically since my 20s. Over time, like many people are inclined to do, I’ve whittled down the “excess” and now keep a very tight, core network of people. Ultimately, it’s not about quantity, but about quality. Those friends that get you through stuff and make... Read more »

What good love teaches you

What good love teaches you
Over the last few years — after the more random dating phase — I’ve  believed in having a level-headed, albeit “neutral” approach to love. To some degree, it’s been sort of how I treated my professional life: work hard, have a game plan, protect yourself and in the end, focus on what’s right for you. While... Read more »
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Five songs about love and life to add to your playlists

Five songs about love and life to add to your playlists
While I’m all about finding words for everything (and sometimes have too many of them), I’ll admit that I’ve always turned to music to poetically articulate my feelings. And over the years, I’ve come across some amazing songs that in under five minutes get to the heart of it and maybe even a little more.... Read more »

These dating behaviors are reasons to move on

Not too long ago, one of my girlfriends, Candace and I were catching up on dating while out enjoying some drinks. She was in the middle of a guy swipe-fest on one of these popular dating apps, and that immediately gave way to a conversation about dating behaviors that make us batty. First they’re hot,... Read more »

Five relationship insights backed by studies

<b>Varying political views can affect relationships:</b>

<p> According to a study published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, and authored by academics William Chopik and Matt Motyl, when you’re living with people that have different political views from your own, your ability to accept other perspectives may be affected. Moreover, living with people that share your views may reduce tension and make you happier, but “could be stifling healthy political disclosure.” </p>
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<p> <i>Why it’s logical:</i> Now, if you don’t agree on something as tense as politics, you could SEE how that can naturally cause a whole ton of friction, right? (Especially as polarizing as this election is with these candidates!) And, to add to that, it could be hard to really feel like you can connect and care for someone if you can’t agree on the same things. Even if you only agree to disagree. Otherwise, if you always fought when discussing politics, imagine how bad things can get…<p>

<a href="http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/sex-and-relationship/090716/political-differences-may-affect-relationships-study.htm">Read more at Deccan Chronicle</a>
<p><a href="http://socialscience.msu.edu/about-us/news/?p=1507">Read more on MSU's website</a>
I will be the first to freely admit that as a person who writes/analyzes/fusses/theorizes on relationships, I LOVE studies and research on the topic. I mention them often on this site and truth of the matter is, in many cases, sometimes the findings can be insightful if you apply them to a larger context or... Read more »
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Five personal reminders from the single life

Five personal reminders from the single life
In the past year and change since I’ve been single again, there’s one relationship that I have been throwing my heart and soul in to get right: the one I have with myself. It seems silly and obvious, but in the last few years, I’ll admit that I have been a little sloppy with it.... Read more »