Articles about Relationships (Garden Variety)

Thinking About Improving Your Relationship? It's NOT the Thought that Counts
But there are limits to when this sentiment applies, and only certain folks get to extend or claim the grace that it affords. Knowing when and to whom these soothing powers are available can actually improve all of your relationships, romantic or otherwise.

No, You Can't Divorce-Proof Your Marriage (But Here's What You Can Do Instead)
As comforting as it may be to believe you can shield yourself from a split, experts say the phrase "divorce-proof" sends the wrong message to married couples.

Gay and Cohabitating in Texas? You Just Might Need a No-Nup  
But if you're gay and living with your significant other and you DON'T want to be married at this point in time, the Supreme Court's recent decision may have made things a little murky for you. That's because Texas is a state that recognizes informal or "common law" marriage.

A Special Message to June Brides: It's Not Too Late to Say 'I Don't'
June brides, listen up! I know you have a million things to do, but in all of the wedding mania, there's one very important thing I want to make sure you don't forget: No matter how many non-refundable deposits have been put down, or how many folks have flown across the country, or how epic your reception is going to be, it's not too late to call off the wedding.

The 10 Most Dangerous Phrases In a Relationship
An apology generally goes a long way, but some things said in the heat of the moment may be irreversibly damaging to your relationship. Below, 10 phrases you should banish from your argument arsenal.

Maybe the Righteous Brothers Were Right:  4 Signs You Might Have Lost That Loving Feeling
There are tons of articles on the warning signs to look for when it comes to whether your significant other is losing interest, or worse yet, having an affair. But what are the warning signs that your own feelings are changing? The following are four signs that your relationship might be in danger of flatlining.

Bummed That You Didn't Ring In the New Year with a Ring?  Time to Think Outside the Jewelry Box.
Look, it's not 1815. You're not a character in a Jane Austen novel. There aren't any rules of propriety that forbid you from speaking your mind. Rather than sitting around waiting for your boyfriend to guess what you're thinking, be above board.

Flirting While In a Relationship:  Is It Okay?
You must take your partner’s personality into consideration. Christina Pesoli, relationship expert and breakup coach, blogger for Huffington Post, and author of Break Free from the Divortex, says, “The best way to evaluate whether flirting is okay or not is to view in context with a person’s overall personality. 

Healthier Ever After: Rules To Live By If You’re In A Dead-end Relationship And Divorce Is Not An Option
Some people are happily married. Others are blissfully single. Then there are those who fall somewhere in between.

Flirting With Disaster: How Your “Harmless” Intrigue Is Undermining Your Marriage
Poor you! You're married and bored to tears. Not only is the thrill long gone, sometimes you have to check your wrist just to make sure you still have a pulse.

A Totally Biased And Not-At-All Politically Correct Guide To Avoiding Mr. Wrong
Are you a woman in your early thirties or beyond? Are you tired of going from one dead-end relationship to the next? Do you still hold out hope that you will find someone special to settle down with? If so, listen up, because this story is for you!

The Parent Trap: Why Being Divorced Can Improve Your Parenting And Your Relationships
...But there's one big problem: Emily is exhausted. I don't mean she's tuckered out and needs to catch up on some sleep -- although some sleep would definitely help; I mean she's running on fumes, living day-to-day and not sure how much longer she can take it.

Help For Haters: Heartfelt Advice For Those Who Don’t [Heart] Valentine’s Day
Here's a riddle for you: What do Valentine's Day and Fox News have in common?

Celebrity Role Model Couples: Whey They Are And Why You Need One
No break up is easy, but this one hit me really hard. For the longest time I thought everything was fine. Then suddenly rumors started swirling around about trouble in paradise.

The Beatles Were Wrong: Love Isn’t All You Need
Christmas is the time of year for making lists. Who’s naughty. Who’s nice. And, of course, what to get the lucky folks who are on the latter of those two lists.

The Low Bar: Why Ordinary Behavior Shouldn’t Earn You A Prize
When Clint and I had been dating only a few months, I had a problem. I had a condo full of furniture in Taos, New Mexico that I needed to haul back to Austin.

Occupy Marriage: We Are The 50 Percent
Welcome back to the final installment in our series on marriage, three heavy-duty counseling sessions between Americans and the institution of marriage.

Untying The Knots: Can The Institution Of Marriage Be Saved?
You know how when one of your friends does something big—like having a baby or getting a divorce—it can get you thinking about your own life?

Why Marriage Needs To Change Its Ways: Does The U.S. Need Marriage Counseling From Mexico?
I’ve never wanted a destination wedding…until now. The temporary marriage license legislation introduced by the Party of the Democratic Revolution in Mexico City has made me want to grab my boyfriend Clint and make a run for the border.

Consideration Deficit Disorder: How To Determine If You Have It; How To Treat It If You Do
When I think of my boyfriend Clint, my thoughts turn to butter. Wait—sorry. It’s the other way around.

Choreographing Your Relationship: What Tap Dancing and Red Dresses Taught Me About Change
“You’ve changed.” If you’re hearing this from your significant other, chances are it’s not meant as a compliment. (And you’re probably not taking it as one, either.)