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Relationships - Dating

Dating is a confusing, emotional, messy business. We certainly don’t have all the answers, but we can provide earnest, “Reader’s Digest version” dating advice for people looking for romance—yes, including for people who are out of their 20s and 30s.

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We're not saying ordering these dishes will definitely ruin your chances at a second date, but they could.

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15 of the Most Beautiful Royal Wedding Venues Throughout History

In honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, here's a look back at some of the most breathtaking royal...

This Secret Island May Be the Most Romantic Spot in the U.S.

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8 Outrageous Marriage Proposals You Have to Read to Believe

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I Met My First Love at 10 Years Old—and I Still Think About Him More Than 50 Years Later

"Thomas had a healthy crop of black hair, thick eyelashes, and a smile that made me look away and blush....

After 60 Years, Life’s Twists and Turns Finally Brought My True Love to Me

Decades later, they had breakfast at the same place where they met. The rest was history.

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How one woman's poor typing skills led to her finding the love of her life.

You Can’t Help But Laugh at This Funny Valentine’s Day Story

"I mean, OK, if you really want to do something to show me you love me this Valentine’s Day, you...

29 Tips for Finding Love in Your 40s

Ah, love. It's wonderful and terrifying no matter when you find it. But looking for love after 40 comes with...

10 Aphrodisiacs That Actually Work, According to Science

Since the beginning of recorded time, people have been seeking the secret to sexual satisfaction. Wherever you look, there's an...

13 Bizarre Aphrodisiacs from Around the World

These foods are said to amp up your libido, but can you stomach them?

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Every Royal Wedding Bouquet Must Include This One Special Flower

Royal brides have been following the tradition since 1840.

7 of the Best (and Most Romantic) Cooking Classes for Couples

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13 Ways to Help a Friend Going Through a Divorce

Divorce isn't easy for anyone to deal with, but thankfully good friends can lessen the sting and bring a bit...

10 Signs You Should Say “Yes” to a Second Date

Is this date a total dud or do they deserve another chance? Why you should go on that second date...

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10 Early Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

According to recent statistics, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute. If that's not startling...

7 Clear Signs You’re In a Rebound Relationship

If your Facebook page still says you're "in a relationship," but now it's with someone new, it may be a...

11 Daily Habits of Couples in Healthy Relationships

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10 Signs Your Partner Is Not “The One”

The desire to find the right partner can lead you to overlook red flags, label erratic behavior as typical ups...