15 Signs You Should Definitely Be Single

Dating can be flat-out exhausting these days. From the pressure of endless first dates to constant task of keeping up with all the latest and greatest dating apps, it’s all-too-easy to see the appeal of getting yourself into the nearest relationship and holding onto your partner for dear life. But that definitely doesn’t mean you should. The truth is that many of us need to be single—at least temporarily.

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Netflix and Chill: 20 Cheap Date Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Remember when “Netflix and chill” meant just marathoning Law & Order episodes over a few beers and pizza? It was a golden age — one where those of us with tight budgets could invite crushes over to hang out without the pressure of calling it a date (or insinuating we just wanted a hookup). If cuddling up on the couch led to more, we weren’t complaining, but it wasn’t expected. Now the phrase “Netflix and chill” is so weighted, frugal daters are forced to come up with new cheap date ideas.

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20 To Dos for Lasting Love That You Can Do Today

When I was 20 I met my now ex-husband. I’m now 45 and divorced one year. We were together a total of  24 years before divorcing. We were best friends, but we didn’t find lasting love. The problem was that we lived conditional lives and held each other responsible for our own happiness.

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What Adult Children of Divorce Want Parents to Know

I was always afraid of the squid and whale fighting,” Jesse Eisenberg’s Walt tells his therapist in The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical tale of two brothers caught in the middle of a nasty divorce between their literary parents. “I can only look at it with my hands in front of my face.” The title of the film evokes — all at once — the famous exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, i and watching your parents argue can feel like a titanic clash between two beasts. 

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10 red flags that your partner is being too controlling

Having a healthy relationship is something that many aspire to obtain. Being able to share your deepest and darkest secrets with the person you love without holding back is a great feeling to have. Unfortunately, though, not everyone gets to experience that type of relationship. In some cases, the relationship that you're in can be more trouble than it's worth and more toxic than you may even realize. And that's especially the case if you're in a relationship with a controlling partner.

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If Your Partner Has Stopped Doing These 7 Gestures For You, Your Relationship Is At Risk

It's no secret that relationships can be tricky, especially if it's a long-term partnership. And, when it comes to maintaining that everlasting spark between two people, things can get all the more complicated. Sometimes, we may find ourselves stuck in a routine, and, as a result, we may forget how simple gestures can go a long way in terms of love and affection. That being said, if you've noticed your partner has stopped doing common, loving gestures for you, your relationship may be at risk.

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If Your Partner Says These 7 Things During An Argument, They're Looking For An Out

It's no secret that every couple has healthy disagreements on occasion. Sometimes, however, arguments in relationships can a deeper meaning beneath them. For example, if your partner appears distant and seems to "shut down" during arguments, it could be a sign that the relationship is on the rocks. In other words, if you have some concerns you just can't shake about your partner, especially when it comes to arguing, it may be time to rethink the relationship.

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If You Notice These 7 Small Problems, Your Relationship May Become Toxic

There's no such thing as a perfectly harmonious relationship, so don't fret if you've been bickering with your partner, or if you've just had an big argument. Having the occasional disagreement is actually healthy, since it means you're both sharing your thoughts and working through problems. But it is important to keep an eye out for certain types of arguments, as well as other problems that may mean your relationship is becoming toxic.

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9 Middle School Dating Tips That Still Work Today

Dating in middle school was tough. It might bring you back to memories of someone sharing your pencil, or crying listening to a pop-punk band. But there are also a lot of things about dating in grades six to eight that might still be relevant, even if you've long since forgotten. Middle school dating is complicated, to say the least, but thirteen-year-olds do have a couple things right.

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Does Flirting Count As Micro-Cheating? Here's What Experts Have To Say

I always used to think of myself as a "natural flirt." Whenever I flirted with someone other than my SO, it didn’t mean anything because I didn’t expect anything to come of it. When I was single and interested, it was a different kind of flirting. At the time, I felt like I wasn't doing anything wrong, until my flirting got me dangerously close to crossing the line between what's appropriate behavior, and what isn't. I started thinking, does flirting count as micro-cheating? 

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7 Productive Things To Do After A Breakup That Actually Help You Heal

When you've just gone through a painful breakup, it's natural if your first reaction is to want to hole up in your bedroom — lights off, under the covers, ice cream pint in hand. But while wallowing immediately after a breakup is totally normal and healthy, there is such a thing as too much wallowing. So how can you tell when it's time to turn off the TV, take a shower, and start looking for productive things to do after a breakup that can help you *really* start the healing process?

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