Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine!"Laughter is the best medicine" is probably one of the most overused clichés. But so what? A chuckle can do wonders for the soul-not to mention your dating life. Our friends at dating site Zoosk polled their Facebook fans in honor of April being National Humor Month to find out just how important humor is in a relationship. Not surprisingly, of the nearly 700 respondents, most - regardless of their relationship status - agreed that yes, laughter is one of the keys to a successful romance. Taking these findings to heart, here are four things to try when adding laughter to your love life, with more results from the survey.
Watch a funny movie together. Seemingly a pretty obvious method for giggles. And, most likely, it's something an established couple does pretty regularly anyway. But be sure to use it to your advantage, daters of the world - 87 percent of men and 74 percent of women say humorous flirtation can get them in the mood for sex. So start quoting Jason Segel, dudes, and
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Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine!"Laughter is the best medicine" is probably one of the most overused clichés. But so what? A chuckle can do wonders for the soul-not to mention your dating life. Our friends at dating site Zoosk polled their Facebook fans in honor of April being National Humor Month to find out just how important humor is in a relationship. Not surprisingly, of the nearly 700 respondents, most - regardless of their relationship status - agreed that yes, laughter is one of the keys to a successful romance. Taking these findings to heart, here are four things to try when adding laughter to your love life, with more results from the survey.Read More »from 4 Ways to Add More Laughter to Your Dating Life
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Apr 13, 2012 3:01 PM EDT
After your partner comes clean about an affair, is it really possible to have a monogamous relationship? In this video, therapist, relationship coach and YourTango Expert Dr. Tammy Nelson explains what it takes for couples to recommit to monogamy after an affair.
"Your understanding of monogamy really has come to an end," she says. Therefore, before you can truly move on, you must grieve the loss of your former commitment, which your partner broke when he cheated. Thankfully, says Dr. Tammy, it is possible to rebuild your relationship. Related: I Caught My Man Looking At Porn. Is He Cheating? VIDEO
After grieving, sit down with your partner and discuss the new terms of your relationship. What exactly are you promising to one another? This way, says Dr. Tammy, you will both be on the same page moving forward.
Want more advice? Check out the video above.
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t's almost time for the Kentucky Derby! Get your huge hats and Mint Juleps ready!With May just around the corner, we are dusting off our silk gloves and delicate hats in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.Read More »from 3 Kentucky Derby-Themed Date Ideas
If you are like us and will not have the pleasure of watching the races live this year, fear not. There are plenty of ways to bring the rowdy Derby fun to your dating life. Related: 7 Romantic Horse Movies In Honor Of The Kentucky Derby
These three Kentucky Derby-inspired date nights are sure to make your guy's heart race!
1. Mint Julep Cocktail Party. One of the greatest traditions of the Kentucky Derby is making Mint Juleps. This tasty treat consists of Bourbon, mint and sugar. Turn this Derby delicacy into double - or triple, or quadruple - date night fun by inviting your closest couple friends over for a viewing of the races over some Mint Juleps. Drink responsibly! For recipes click here.
2. Tom Cruise Movie Night. Okay, so I know you may be thinking, "what on Earth does Tom Cruise have to do with the Kentucky Derby?" Well, the famous actor lived in
Women are no longer relegated to being housewives -- but that doesn't mean we're equal.Stay-at-home dads and breadwinning moms may be the norm soon, predicts Liza Mundy in her new book, The Richer Sex. She points out that "almost forty percent of U.S. working wives now outearn their husbands," and that traditional gender roles are a thing of the past. It's not surprising, given that society's view of women has rapidly changed in the past century. Hello, right to vote and Samantha Jones! But what does this mean for relationships?Read More »from Are Gender Roles in Relationships Reversing?
According to Mundy, a "Big Flip" in gender roles is inevitable and the dynamics of male-female relationships will change drastically. Women will have increased power and will no longer see sex as a way to get a man to commit (and when was that the norm, anyway?) Mundy cites that younger women are having sex with more partners and "are becoming the gender that wants sex more than men do."
Well, I really don't know about all of that - if anything, I think that men and women have always wanted to have sex the same amount, women are just better at
- YourTango.com | Pets – Thu, Apr 12, 2012 1:57 PM EDT
You could say actress Amy Smart is Shameless about her love for pets. As a long supporter of Best Friends Animal Society and various other pet adoption initiatives in Los Angeles, the 36-year-old knows that owning a dog, cat or other animal can be the key to a happy life... and marriage.
Smart-who shares a home with two dogs, two cats and her new husband, HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse, whom she married in September 2011-recently teamed up with the ASPCA and Pet Armor to launch a national campaign called the PetArmor® Protection Promise.
"It's to give affordable health care to pets," she tells us in our exclusive CelebLove TV interview. "It's basically like Frontline Top Spot with the same active ingredient, but for half the price. So now, pet owners can afford to treat their animals, especially during this flea and tick season."
Watch the video above to find out why keeping her own pets healthy is a goal close to Smart's heart, and read the highlights from our chat below:
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- YourTango.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 12, 2012 12:42 PM EDT
Do you sacrifice your own needs in order to satisfy your kids? You may have your priorities all wrong.
In this video, Hypnotherapist, Psychologist and YourTango Expert Dr. Shoshana Bennett says that contrary to what many parents believe, it isn't selfish to put your own needs first. "Selfishness implies that something is happening at someone else's expense," she explains. When you put your own needs before your kids, you're not harming them at all ... quite the opposite, in fact. Related: My Ex-Husband Showers Our Kids With Too Many Gifts VIDEO
Dr. Shoshana compares parenthood to emergency exit instructions on airplanes. We should all place the oxygen masks over our own mouths first before assisting small children ... and the same principle applies to parenting. After all, if your batteries aren't properly charged, you certainly can't help your kids.
Want more advice? Check out the video above.
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- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Apr 11, 2012 4:47 PM EDT
Relationship tips from If any of you saw The Hunger Games recently, you were in for a bloodbath - a very entertaining, very well-produced bloodbath. I'm a huge fan of Suzanne Collins, and the movie was one of the best I've seen in a long time. But while I cheered for Katniss, cursed the gamekeeper, and threw popcorn at President Snow, I couldn't help but notice that some of the lessons of Hunger Games could also be applied to relationships.Read More »from 3 Things 'The Hunger Games' Can Teach Us About Relationships
1. Don't Let Him (or Her) Own You. Before going into the Hunger Games arena, Peeta and Katniss spend a quiet moment looking over the city. With a wistful glance at his would-be lover and soon-to-be fellow Gladiator, Peeta tells Katniss, "I keep wishing I could think of a way... to show the capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than a piece in their games." And show them he does. Healthy relationships are built on equality. If you feel owned or used, there's a good chance that you are being played in someone's game. You may be their most important game piece. But
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Apr 11, 2012 4:21 PM EDT
Touch is vital to a happy and healthy relationship. Touching is one of the most intimate of all actions. It allows you to move into sacred space, creating presence and connection.Read More »from Why Simple Touching Can Lead to a Happier Relationship
Although most women love to hear the words, "I love you," touching catapults relationships into intimacy. Words are processed in the thinking part of our brains, whereas touch goes directly to our emotional centers.
Regular touching of your lover as well as your own beautiful body gets the endorphins flowing, which create a sense of caring and pleasure, plus help to calm the stresses of the day.
Furthermore, touch is the communication of love. It engages the senses God gave us for our emotional and physical well-being and pleasure, and is a powerful way to express what we cannot say. And yet, we are a touch-starved society.
A worldwide study done in the 1960s monitored the number of touches couples shared at coffeehouses around the world. The results reveal the drastic cultural differences we apply to skin-on-skin contact. Puerto Ricans got the
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Apr 11, 2012 3:26 PM EDT
In this video, Love and Relationships Experts Matt Titus and Tamsen Fadal answer a question from a single woman who confesses that sex with married men turns her on.
Watch the video above to find out what Matt and Tamsen have to say about that!
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- YourTango.com | Parenting – Tue, Apr 10, 2012 6:24 PM EDT
As if divorce isn't hard enough, what's a parent supposed to to when his or her ex is spoiling their kids with gifts in a shameless attempt to buy their love and loyalty? In this video, Family/Relationship Therapist, Bestselling Author and YourTango Expert Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil explains how very common this unfortunate experience is and what you can do when it happens to you.
Dr. Bonnie calls the phenomenon Disney Dad. "Your ex-husband is trying to make up for the fact that he's not tucking the children in bed at night." In other words, to appease his own sense of guilt about the breakup, he's overcompensating with presents. But why? Dr. Bonnie says it's because while women communicate affection with words and physical displays like hugs and kisses, men aren't equipped to do the same. Related: Should I Stay Married For The Sake Of My Kids? VIDEO
How can you solve the problem? "Explain to your ex-husband you're not going to compete for their affections," says Dr. Bonnie. For more Read More »from VIDEO: Help! My Ex-Husband Spoils Our Kids with Too Many Gifts