- Bounceback | Love + Sex | Mon, Jan 30, 2012 12:26 PM EST | Comments
Should you break up before Valentine's, or wait until after?
By Erica Conte for BounceBack.com
Breaking up is never easy. Even if it's for the best, that person was a part of your life and saying goodbye can take a lot of thought and courage. And it can be even harder to do around a holiday, especially one that Hallmark specifically created to commemorate the mushy-gushiness between loved ones. That's right, we're talking about Valentine's Day.
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With Valentine's approaching, the happy couples out there are making plans for romantic getaways, candlelit dinners, and the like. The single people may be getting together with friends, enjoying time alone, or hitting the town in hopes of meeting someone new. But what about the couples who aren't so happy? What if Valentine's Day doesn't feel like another opportunity to show your partner you love them, but instead feels like a burden on your shoulders? What do you do if you want to break up with your significant other, but Valentine's...Read More »
- Galtime.com | Love + Sex | Mon, Jan 30, 2012 9:27 AM EST | Comments
By Marianne Beach, GalTime.com
It's a new year but you're still stuck on that old guy. And now the most romantic holiday of the year is fast approaching. Wouldn't Valentine's Day be the perfect time to exorcise that ex and move on for good?
It's a new year but you are still stuck on your old guy...
Kelly McGonigal, psychologist at Stanford University and author of the new book The Willpower Instinct: How Self Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, thinks so. "Valentine's Day is all about declaring who you care about most," she declares. "And if you've thrown away enough time on a go-nowhere relationship, the person at the top of your V-Day list should be you."
Sounds good, right? But maybe easier said then done. After all, an "ex" habit can be hard to break.
"Anything that reminds you for your ex can bring back a flood of feelings," says McGonigal. "You may look back with 'euphoric recall,' remembering only the highs and none of the lows. Even if the relationship was a disaster, you may not want...Read More »
- Galtime.com | Shine Food | Mon, Jan 30, 2012 9:15 AM EST | Comments
By Master of Gastronomy Amy Reiley for GalTime.com
Valentine's Day is known as the restaurant business' busiest night of the year. So why spend your special evening ear to elbow with a dining room full of strangers?
A romantic dinner for two.
Making a romantic dinner at home can actually be less stressful and sexier (not to mention lighter on the wallet).
The key to preparing a romantic dinner for two is planning. Selecting a menu that incorporates aphrodisiac ingredients can make the evening more successful. Consider starting the evening with a bottle of sparkling wine. Champagne not only brings on a giddy sensation, but the scent of the Blanc de Blancs style sparkling wines offers an aroma similar to a female pheromone.
Other ingredients you might want to incorporate include chile peppers and ginger, which can raise body temperature, cause a release of endorphins and bring a sexy blush to the cheeks.
Red Hot Chile Peppers
Truffles replicate the scent of male pheromones.
Chocolate,...Read More »