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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    Can Long Distance Relationships Really Work? What the Surprising Science Says

    Building a relationship takes a lot of work, and trying to maintain one over long distance is pretty much setting


    Do Opposites Really Attract? What the Fascinating Science Says

    Like a lot of things in relationships, the answer is complicated.



    These 4 Online Dating Opening Lines Will Get You The Date—And These 4 Will Get You Ghosted

    No matter what your dating app of choice, coming up with a cool, creative, can-we-just-get-to-the-actual-date-part opener can be a challenge....


    I Nearly Drowned On the Way to Meet My School Crush. 32 Years Later, I Told Her Why.

    A dangerous river didn't stop this fellow from chasing the girl of his dreams.


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    I Was Engaged to Be Married. Nine Days Later, I Wed a Different Man. Here’s Why.

    When this couple first met, he insisted he was going to marry her.


    11 Creative Outdoor Date Ideas to Use This Summer

    Enjoy the summer weather with your partner by taking date night outside.


    I Was Afraid to Tell My Grandmother I Was Gay. Her Reaction Left Me Speechless.

    For years, I lived in fear that my conservative grandmother would discover I was gay. Once she did, the reality...


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    A $300,000 Mistake: How Amy Fell for an Online Dating Scam

    She gave him her heart—and he took $300,000 from her. A terrifying account of a real-life romance scam.


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    Marriage Advice for Newlyweds That Every Couple Should Read

    A good marriage doesn’t just happen. Experts, real-life newlyweds, and seasoned married couples share 10 surprising secrets to create a...


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    27 Classic Children’s Book Quotes Every Adult Needs To Hear

    "All grown-ups were once children... but only a few of them remember it."


    Upgrade a Supermarket Bouquet: 9 Tricks to Make Cheap Flowers Look Expensive

    Procrastinated again? Here, how to quickly turn a last-minute flower gift into a beautiful arrangement.


    7 Valentine’s Day Flowers that Beat Roses

    For a thoughtful and surprising way to say "I love you," pick up one of these romantic floral alternatives this...


    “If You Find This Letter, Then It’s For You”: What It’s Like to Write Love L...

    Hannah Brencher left a note on the subway for a stranger. What came next was an abundance of love.

    This Simple Test Can Predict The Future of Your Relationship

    Will a couple who paddles a canoe together stay together?


    12 Magical Paul McCartney Quotes on Love, Optimism, and His Final Moments With George

    The Beatles bass man sounds off on everything from how the band came together to raising kids.


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    14 Mini Essays That Prove the Meaning of Love in 100 Words or Less

    Readers share their most romantic moments in these short, sweet tales of love, both young and old. Have a story...


    What It’s Like to Send Your Wife to Mars

    My wife wants to take a one-way trip to the red planet. Here's why I'm OK with that.


    My Love Story, Before Social Networks

    The tale of a man who traveled across two countries and an ocean to follow the love of his life.

    What I Learned From the Last Meal My Mother Ever Cooked for Me

    Now when I make her beef bourguignonne, I realize how I've moved from fury to forgiveness.


    The Amazing Ways 8 Extraordinary People Said “I Love You”

    Sometimes, the people we love deserve more than chocolate and flowers.


    A Widow’s Incredible Final Gift to Her Husband

    They wouldn’t let religion, custom, or even burial come between them.


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    Celebrity Love Letters

    Let these smitten scribes, from Johnny Cash to F. Scott Fitzgerald, inspire your own Valentine's note.


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    The Millionaire Matchmaker’s Top Tips to Finding True Love Online

    Last week, Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker host and author, came to New York City to talk about her sake


    The True Story Behind The Vow

    Fall in love with the Reader's Digest original story that inspired the romantic movie starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.