If you're single, v-day can be just as fun.Who says V-day is for couples? Defy Cupid by indulging in these seven solo pursuits, inspired by e-mails from other single Cosmo girls!
By Christie Griffin
1. Just because you're single doesn't mean you're alone! Round up some unattached chicks and hit the bars, a restaurant, the local karaoke joint, the bowling lanes, whatever. Revel in your ability to have an amazing time, no men needed. -Katriona, 30
2. Whether it's George Clooney or Johnny Depp, spend the night with your ultimate celeb crush. Rent a handful of his movies and treat yourself to an eye-candy marathon. -Jillian, 22
Related: 18 Reasons to Love Being Single
3. Organize a Secret Admirers gifting sesh, à la Secret Santa: You and a group of friends draw names and then deliver items like chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears to each other. That way everyone can have a Valentine... -Mary, 23
4. Since you aren't spending your dough on some dude, might as well spend it on yourself. Give yourself some
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If you're single, v-day can be just as fun.Who says V-day is for couples? Defy Cupid by indulging in these seven solo pursuits, inspired by e-mails from other single Cosmo girls!Read More »from The Single Girl's Valentine's Day
Experts explain why men cheat.Could it be intimacy, control, or…just being a sex addict? Sex and relationship experts spill on the top reasons why men cheat. (Besides, you know, being total jerks.)Read More »from 7 Reasons Why Men Cheat
By Pat Sandora
1. They're Avoiding Intimacy
"Some men cheat to avoid any real intimacy. Intimacy scares them, so they distance themselves from their wife or girlfriend by cheating on her," says psychiatrist Gail Saltz, MD. This way they never have to fully rely on someone else, so they can't get hurt. Yeah, it makes sense in their minds…
2. They Crave Intimacy
On the flip side, some men are searching for intimacy outside of their relationship. According sex expert Emily Morse, some couples drift apart over time and don't communicate about their lack of intimacy. When that happens, some men think it's easier to just cheat instead of talking about it.
Related: 8 Ways To Tell That He's Lying
3. They're Hooked on the Honeymoon
You know how it goes-you can't get enough of each other at the
Sleeping in the nude is good for you!A recent study showed that less than 10 percent of Americans sleep in the buff. Whaa? Not only is it dead sexy, experts swear naked sleep is actually good for you. We asked them to spill on the top reasons you should ditch those pajamas for good.Read More »from 6 Reasons You Should Sleep Naked
By Natasha Burton
1. You'll Air Out Your Hoo-Ha
Jennifer Landa, MD, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women, says that sleeping naked can be healthier for your private parts. While it's totally normal to have yeast and bacteria down there, the warm environment can sometimes cause an overgrowth. One way to prevent infections is to "air it out" and go commando.
2. You'll Sleep Better
While you might like being cozy and warm at night, it's actually important to have a cooler environment when you sleep, says Lisa Shives, MD, who sits on the National Sleep Foundation's board of directors. "Your body temp progressively declines as you sleep, which is a natural tendency of the body, so being too warm with heavy PJs and
Intimacy can help you fight off a cold.Okay, we know sex is all about maxing out your pleasure. But it turns out it's good for your health, too. We asked Jennifer Landa, MD, chief medical officer of BodyLogicMD and author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women to give us the low-down on the health benefits of sex.Read More »from 7 Benefits of Being Intimate
By Meagan Morris
1. It Boosts Your Brain
Sex increases your bod's dopamine levels-the hormone that improves your memory and motivation. So basically climaxing is the gift that keeps on giving.
2. It Burns Calories
Don't feel like hitting the gym? Grab your guy and head to the bedroom. A 30-minute romp in the sheets can burn upwards of 150 calories. That's like running a mile on the treadmill!
Related: How to Make Your Man Last Longer in the Bedroom
3. It Destresses You
We're all stressed to the max-and all that worry releases the stress hormone cortisol. The problem with cortisol? Having too much of it in your blood stream can lead to everything from high blood sugar to weight gain.
Listen to him, he's prob not ready to commit.A recent study shows that your man's parents have a lot to do with whether or not he'll commit to your relationship. Don't let that be an excuse: He's still a big boy and makes his own decisions. The problem? He doesn't always know-or tell you-about his intentions. That's why we asked Vondie Lozano, PhD, a California-based relationship therapist, to give us the low-down on the signs he can't commit.Read More »from 7 Signs He's Not Ready to Commit
By Meagan Morris
1. He Can't Commit to the Small Stuff
Everyone has to reschedule a date or is late from time to time, but it's a problem if he makes a habit of it. If he can't commit to something little like that on a regular basis, it's not a good sign.
2. He Moves Too Fast
He brought up marriage on the third date, so you figured he was ready for a long-term thing. Now, he's avoiding you. What gives? He's not mature enough to actually make a commitment if he comes on really strong at first, but then loses interest. That's a sign he's just in it for the thrill of the chase.
Try sushi with brown rice next time.Just because food looks healthy, doesn't mean it is. Registered dietician Rachel Beller, MS, who served as a nutritional expert on NBC's The Biggest Loser, performs her patented "food autopsies" in her new book Eat To Lose, Eat To Win-and offers up healthy alternatives. From sushi to salad, Rachel debunks five major diet food myths.Read More »from Diet Foods You Should Skip
By Michelle Ruiz
Wraps are touted as a better bread alternative-but some tortillas are just colored white bread, hiding three times the carbs and calories of a slice of bread!
Instead Try: An Open-Faced Sandwich
Beat the wrap with an open-faced "value-full" sandwich of real greens and grilled chicken on whole grain toast.
Related: 9 Foods That Make You Happy
Skip: Green Tea
A green tea energy drink sounds good for you, right? Wrong: One sweet 20-ounce bottle packs the same calories of 37 lollipops!
Instead Try: Water With Lemon
H20 is always the way to go. Punch it up with lemon or other fruit to please
Date tip: Don't ignore the bill when it comes.Sure, we're all guilty of having bad habits. But there are some that can seriously mess with your dating life-without you even realizing it. Experts swear these little moves give off the signal that you're just not that into a guy…even when you totally are.Read More »from 6 Dating Habits You Should Ditch
By Dara Adeeyo
1. Checking Your Phone
It's become sort of the norm to hand-hug your phone when out. Ah, gotta Instagram that meal. But when you're on a date, don't do it. It lets him think that he doesn't have your attention and that you're just not into him.
2. Scanning the Room
You might be nervous-or you might have a short attention span. If your date notices that you're constantly scanning the room, he'll think you're bored.
Related: Dating Advice You Should Ditch
3. Talking Too Much
Pauses in a conversation can be, well, awkward. By trying to avoid the silence, you might end up chatting non-stop about yourself. Do this and he'll think you're way too self-absorbed and have no plans on getting to
Eat all the chocolate you want! You won't get a pimple.Does eating chocolate really make you break out? Get the answer and find out other fascinating truths.Read More »from 3 Beauty Myths that Are Surprisingly Untrue
1. Eating chocolate and greasy foods makes you break out.
Go ahead and chow down. There's nothing in a candy bar or pepperoni pizza that's going to make zits suddenly sprout-"unless maybe you rub the pizza across your face a few times," says New York City dermatologist Diane Berson. (So please, try to hold yourself back.) The only foods that may exacerbate acne are sushi, shellfish, and soy sauce, explains Dr. Berson; they all contain high amounts of iodine, which has been linked to inflammation and breakouts.
Related: 8 Ways to Get Rid of Acne
2. Dry skin causes wrinkles.
Wouldn't it be great if a little moisturizer could keep lines at bay? Unfortunately, wrinkles form when collagen breaks down far below the surface of the skin (which is right where dry skin occurs). Moisturizers can improve the appearance of lines, though, by temporarily plumping the parched skin
A ring like this is so hot right now!If celeb engagement rings are any indication, a simple diamond and platinum setting isn't the norm anymore. We asked McQueenJewelry CEO Yosi Elison what's huge right now. The theme? Bigger-and different-is definitely better. Hey, it's good to know…just in case.Read More »from The Hottest New Trends in Engagement Rings
By Meagan Morris
1. Screw Traditional
We're all different, so why shouldn't our engagement rings show off our individuality?
"Women want unique now. There was a huge surge in halo, cushion-cut diamond settings the last few years and bride after bride had a similar looking ring," Elison said. "The newest crop of brides-to-be want a ring that showcases their individual personality; they're shying away from 'traditional.'"
2. Vintage Is Back
Edwardian, vintage-inspired ring sales have increased bigtime, thanks to shows like Downton Abbey. The designs are delicate, incredibly feminine while still being sophisticated-like lace dripping in diamonds. The show's U.S. return in 2013 should mean even more