Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Probably not, unless you're sharing that apple with a loving partner in a lasting relationship.Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Probably not, unless you're sharing that apple with a loving partner in a lasting relationship.
As Harry Reis, PhD and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Human Relationships put it in a recent interview with WebMD, "There is very nice evidence that people who participate in satisfying, long-term relationships fare better on a whole variety of health measures."
An extensive review of recent Health and Relationship studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that people in long-lasting relationships, especially marriage, experience a number of health advantages that include the following:
Immune System Support
There may not be a cure for the common cold, but if you're in a loving relationship, your chances of catching a cold or the flu are greatly reduced. Supporting the premise that positive emotions can boost the immune system and negative emotions can compromise its germ-fighting abilities, studies
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Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Probably not, unless you're sharing that apple with a loving partner in a lasting relationship.Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Probably not, unless you're sharing that apple with a loving partner in a lasting relationship.Read More »from Why Healthy Relationships Lead to Healthy Bodies
Nearly two-thirds of daters use Facebook, Google and LinkedIn to scope out potential matches.Online dating may no longer be taboo, but there's still the nagging question of safety associated with meeting someone over the internet.Read More »from Do You Google Potential Dates?
Sure, some dating websites may begin screening their users, but in the land of "I'm-a-20-something-who-can't-pay-for-a-membership-or-for-your-fancy-background-checks" there's another alternative: total internet recon.
Yes, Google searching and Facebook stalking is good for more than just tracking the news on your former flames. In fact, the folks at JDate conducted a poll of their members to find out just how they gather information before meeting their online-interest in person. Related: 3 Critical Online Dating Tips For Women
Of the nearly 500 users surveyed, a whopping 59 percent of them use a combination of Facebook, Google and LinkedIn for investigative purposes. This makes a lot of sense-scan some photos, look for red flags in your search results and make sure your date has been honest about their work history.
Some still stick to one
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 4:08 PM EDT
Infidelity - sexual, emotional, or, heaven forbid, both - can really tear a relationship apart. After all, once your partner commits the ultimate betrayal, how can you ever trust him/her again?
In this video, licensed psychotherapist, author and YourTango Expert Dr. Tammy Nelson addresses this very issue. The trick, she says, is learning to trust your own instincts about whether or not someone is telling you the truth. "A betrayal can throw off your whole sense of what's right or wrong in the world," Dr. Tammy explains. Therefore, you'll need to focus on trusting yourself if you ever want to trust your partner - or anyone else - again. Related: Does Monogamy Really Work?
In Dr. Tammy's new book The New Monogamy: Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity, she offers practical advice for how you can learn to trust your own intuition again after your partner has had an affair. Check out the video above for more of what Dr. Tammy has to say!
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- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 3:56 PM EDT
Spring is the perfect time for a fresh take on old love.Spring has always been one of my favorite times of year-there's something about that sense of new beginnings and fresh growth that has me feeling giddy with excitement, without fail! The cleaning and organizing bug bites me, and the rest is history.Read More »from Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Freshen Up Your Relationship
You know the drill. You throw open the windows, breathe in big gulps of pollen-filled air, and tackle those closets and drawers that have been getting' scary during winter hibernation. Spring and the detox that comes with it is something you can count on year after year-something to break up the drudgery of winter and carry you back into summer and fall. Related: 10 Best Spring Date Ideas
But this spring, as my husband and I settle into our second year of marriage, I've become more and more aware of how relationships require spring cleaning too-not necessarily in spring, of course, but what better time than now? Because let's face it: marriage and long-term relationships lose their spark with time and stress and life, and unlike the
Getting finances under control and in sync is crucial for a lasting, happy relationship.Did you know that the rate of infidelity in American marriages has not increased in 20 years, even though attitudes toward adultery have loosened in the past 40? More facts, in addition to tips for success are included in the University of Virginia's National Marriage Project's annual report "The State of Our Unions: Marriage in America."Read More »from 4 Things that Happy Couples Know
Our friends at The Huffington Post have thoughtfully pared the report's findings down to a few key points as an entry point into more advanced-level marital strategy.
1. Marriage is as much an economic as an emotional partnership.
This is one area the recession of 2009 has helped families strengthen their bonds. Mutual belt-tightening and simple lifestyle shifts, such as more cooking and eating together at home have united families in both financial agreement and increased communication and quality time. Related: 4 Ways To Avoid Fighting About Money
2. Switch traditional financial responsibilities.
Generally women tend to make the everyday
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Mar 21, 2012 6:02 PM EDT
The nice boy or the bad boy?The era of Team Edward and Team "Whatshisname?Oh,whocaresIhatedTwilightanyway" is over. Can I get an internet "hallelujah"? Now, we've all moved on to more pressing matters: Team Peeta vs. Team Gale in The Hunger Games.Read More »from The Hunger Games: Are You on Team Gale or Team Peeta?
If you haven't read The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, you need to remedy that asap before the movie opens this Friday, March 23. But for those of you who somehow missed that pop culture bandwagon, here is the summary: The books chronicle a dystopia where children are forced to battle to the death in a real-life gladiator meets Survivor television show, organized by the evil Capital, the city that rules all. Prim Everdeen is chosen by lottery to be the district's representative at the Hunger Games. Her sister Katniss, the books' badass hero, volunteers to go in Prim's place. A love story and a revolution ensue. Related: 'Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson On Sacrificing It All For Love
At the heart of the love story are Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. Gale is
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Mar 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT
Breaking up is hard to do. Moving on is even harder, especially when your top dresser drawer is still full of his things. In this video, author, life coach, and YourTango Expert Amy Spencer offers some helpful advice about how to move on from a marriage when your home is jam-packed with physical reminders of the relationship.
"Get rid of things physically if you want to get rid of things emotionally," Amy says. If every time you see his toothbrush in your medicine cabinet you break down crying over the loss of the relationship, toss it! Box up his things and get them out of your home as quickly as possible. Eventually, you won't associate brushing your teeth with him breaking your heart anymore. Related: 5 Ways To Be Happy About Your Love Life Right Now!
If his stuff is making you sad, removing it from your life will create space for things that make you happy. It's the first step toward really moving on. The same principle applies to unwanted thoughts. If you're haunted by unhappy Read More »from VIDEO: Still Hung Up on Your Ex? How to Remove Him from Your Life (And Your Closet)
Why do people use lubricant? Let us count the ways...Read More »from 10 Reasons Why Sex is Better with Lube
It's safe to say most people know the general purpose of lube; that purpose being to "wet the pipes" for smoother sexual sailing. But lube is good for much more than a quick pre-intercourse application. That little tube can bring intensified pleasure, longer-lasting sex and some pretty kinky foreplay, too.
But don't just take our word for it. We asked the experts-doctors and lube users alike-and they let us know exactly why they love those little tubes of pleasure.
1. "If you have any kind of vaginal dryness-whether naturally, due to medical complications or just because you're post menopause-lube is like a gift. Sex becomes so much easier with it." -Dr. Dorree Lynn
2. "Flavored lubes can make oral sex much more fun, and are safer than using whipped cream or honey, which can cause infection." -Charlie Glickman, Ph.D.
3. "Using a toy in bed can double your pleasure-especially after adding a bit of lube." -Julie, 27
4. "Lube eliminates any delays between the onset of desire and
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Mar 20, 2012 3:27 PM EDT
Dating is hard enough. Add an eating disorder into the mix, and it only gets doubly complicated. In this video, Relationship Expert Janie Lacy offers advice to someone struggling with bulimia who is afraid that her secret eating disorder will stand in the way of her love life.
"Whenever there is an eating disorder, there usually is a problem with managing emotions," Janie says. So, first and foremost, professional help is in order. Therapy can help you learn what fuels your eating disorder in order that you may begin to overcome it.
Relationships require us to confront all kinds of emotions, Janie explains. Therefore, someone with an eating disorder should really get to the bottom of her own problem before attempting intimacy with another. Related: 3 Ways To Avoid Sex Addiction Relapse
Want to learn more? Check out the video for advice about what to do if you or someone you love is searching for love while secretly struggling with anorexia or bulimia.
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- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 5:33 PM EDT
Fear of infidelity is perfectly normal. At some point or another, we've all worried about getting cheated on. But have you ever been concerned that you might be the one who's unfaithful in your relationship? After all, forbidden fruit can be awfully tough to resist, especially when we have doubts about the relationships we're in. In this video, licensed psychotherapist, author and YourTango expert Dr. Tammy Nelson addresses the question: what are the signs I'm about to cheat?
Dr. Tammy says there are three warning signs to keep your eye on. The first, she says, is avoiding intimacy with your partner. When was the last time you and your partner had sex? If you've lost interest in your partner sexually, you may be at risk of cheating. Next, she says trolling the internet for new relationships - or reconnecting with old ones - is a major red flag. It suggests you're unsatisfied in your current relationship and looking to move on. Finally, pursuing an emotionally intimate relationship Read More »from VIDEO: Help! I Feel Tempted to Cheat on My Partner