Bathroom Humor on a First Date

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A first date should be fun but it’s also about making a great first impression. If things are going well why take a chance at turning your date off by talking about bodily functions? Especially if you’re a girl. You may think you’re being “one of the guys” but most …

Appropriate First Date Conversation?

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You want your date to get to know you, right? But how soon should you reveal personal details? The first date should be fun. It should be about finding out if you enjoy each other’s company. If you dive into all your deep dark secrets (which you should not be wearing …

Are You Edgy or Just Rude?

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Do you have an A-type personality that tends to take charge and sometimes be impatient? If so, you may be coming off as rude and turning off your date. Confidence is very attractive but it becomes control if you don’t give your date a choice. Such as, if you order food …

Healthy Curiosity or Interrogation?

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It’s great if you want to get to know your date better, but make sure the conversation is evenly exchanged. No one likes being fed rapid-fire questions. It’s invasive and a huge turnoff. When you’re having any conversation you should always make sure to gage the interest level of the person you’re speaking …

Still Talking About Your Ex?

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After a painful breakup you have to go through the 5 stages of grief before you can move on and date again. If you’re not capable of being in the moment, enjoying new experiences without comparing everything to your ex, then you need to stay single to heal. You’re energy …

How to Have Kissable Breath

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A first kiss can be a memorable moment…unless you have bad breath. How you kiss can make or break your chances of making a great connection. A great kiss can, and usually does, sweep you off your feet. Conversely, a bad kiss can, and usually does, kill any budding attraction—pushing …

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell When Dating

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When you first start dating someone it is actually healthy to keep dating other people. It will help keep you grounded and prevent you from focusing all your energy on one person…which frequently causes unrealistic expectations and pushes him or her away. When you have a great date with someone …

Social Media and Dating Do Not Mix

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I think there should be a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the early stages of dating; meaning that until you have an acknowledged commitment, you should both be dating other people, but not necessarily telling the other about it. However, posts, Tweets, and uploads frequently reveal sensitive information that …

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What makes commitmentphobia so hard to recognize and even comprehend at first is that most people, both men and women, who say they’re looking for commitment or marriage are actually doing just that. Most of them want to be in a loving relationship with all of their heart, and many

How to Have Healthy Boundaries

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Having healthy boundaries means knowing your inner feelings, wants, needs, and limits, as well as fulfilling and enforcing them without hurting others. That means finding your true self and protecting it, no matter what, without needing anyone else’s approval. Enforcing healthy boundaries means not letting anyone else change what you know is right for …

Timing of a New Relationship

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It’s exciting to be swept off your feet and have a whirlwind love affair. But if you feel like the relationship could have long-term potential, you have to take it slow and let true feelings evolve. Rushing into relationships is a frequent occurrence when unhealthy or no boundaries exist.  “Love …

How to Avoid Heartbreak

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First and foremost, when your new sweetheart tells you something about himself, believe him! I can’t stress this enough. If he says, “I’m not ready for a serious relationship,” don’t think, “Well, maybe not with anyone else, but you have such a great connection with me.” The connection part may be true—but …

How to Keep a New Relationship

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You have to live in the present. Put your attention on what is immediately in front of you and take it at face value. Your imagination is not your friend in relationships. You’ve probably already heard that you’re not supposed to start fantasizing about the wedding as soon as you …

How to Recognize True Love

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Love can conquer all. It sounds so simple, right? Wrong! One of the hardest concepts to accept is that loving someone just isn’t enough. Too many men and women allow themselves to become doormats because they believe true love will triumph. They’re convinced that there will never be another person …

Blame is a Junk Food Flag

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If your partner blames you for anything that doesn’t go right, no matter how small, she’s probably the defensive type who can’t take responsibility for her own actions. Blame is an easy to spot junk food flag (red flag) that can save you from future unhappiness if you heed it’s …