Love and Relationships

Love and relationships are a major part of the human experience, but they mystify many of us. Learn what scientific research has to say about love, and get advice on creating and maintaining relationships.


If you could just get her to smile, you'd feel confident enough to ask her out. A girl's smile is a clear signal that she's into you -- or at least that she likes what she sees. These no-fail, time-tested tricks will have her grinning.

Tonight's been perfect so far. You held hands, laughed, stared into each other eyes and even told her your childhood nickname. Now, the date's over and you have to say good night respectfully -- but how? Don't worry: We've got five cute ways to leave a great last impression.

It's been said the couple that plays together stays together. If the adage is true, then these athletic options may just be the glue that holds your relationship happily in place.

Your workout partner should be someone who challenges you, yet understands your strengths and weaknesses. Here are some of the many reasons to get your heart pounding with the person your heart aches for.

You hear the phrase "seven-year itch," and might recall the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe. Sure, "The Seven Year Itch" was a popular film, but is there any validity to the notion that a married person gets the urge to cheat or leave the marriage after seven years?

Forty-five percent of U.S. adults are unmarried, and most of us face first-date jitters: We worry about what to wear and what to talk about before we even know if the chemistry's there. So how can we calm our nerves and put our best face forward?

I love you -- three little words packed with meaning. But if your significant other isn't ready to hear it, those words can send a relationship into an awkward tailspin. So, when should you utter the magic expression?

Being left at the altar is a humiliating and confusing experience for any bride. If her fleeing groom didn't even give her the courtesy of a reason why, we can help with our list of possible reasons for those cold feet.

So, you've been seeing each other for a few months now and you think he might be Mr. Right (or at least Mr. Long-Term). Does that mean it's time to introduce him to your parents? How and when should you do it?

You've finally found a guy you really like, and you're ready to spend some quality time getting to know him. So how can you get a date with him?

Passionate relationships take work -- and the energy that you put in is often what you get in return. Here are some fun ways to inject romance into your marriage.

Talking on the phone is a necessary step in the adolescent courtship ritual. Sure, there's talking at school, or commenting on Facebook, but bridging the gap between those activities and an actual date usually involves the telephone.

"I love you." Those three little words can convey so much -- and uttering them at the wrong time could convey that you're a bit needy. It may not be a dealbreaker, but it is a big red flag.

So, you're dating a new girl and wondering if and when to bring her around your buddies. Should you do it at the next meet-up or wait for your official engagement (if any) to avoid a hassle? We've got the pros and cons.

You've got the ring and planned your proposal, but if you're girlfriend and her family are the traditional types, don't forget the next step. What should you know before you ask her father for her hand in marriage?

Strapped for cash and need some good ideas for a date? Just take a quick look out your window -- the great outdoors offers an unlimited number of spots for fun, romantic dates that won't cost a penny.

You've been with your girlfriend for a while now, and you're convinced that you're ready to spend the rest of your life with her. Once you've gotten a ring and spoken to her parents, how do you go about popping the question?

There's nothing like a romantic dinner with a new love. In fact, the mere setting could move you to blurt, "I love you." But what if you're met with a "Gee, thanks" or silence, rather than the hoped-for "I love you, too"? Here's what to do next.

It's the 21st century and old-fashioned rules have gone the way of the corset. So, if you and your guy are the unconventional type, why not ask for his hand in marriage?

As you're getting ready to snuggle on the sofa to watch a movie with your boyfriend, he turns to you and suggests dinner with his parents that weekend. No need to a panic, we've got 10 tips to make sure it goes smoothly.

Meeting your girlfriend's parents is a big deal -- chances are it means you're officially crossing the threshold into long-term expectations. It's often a nerve-racking experience, but if you come prepared, you can make a good first impression.

Although more girls don't expect a guy to look like he just walked out of a glossy magazine ad, it does help to pay attention to your appearance before a date. We've got five tips to keep you looking sharp for the big night.

Is your girlfriend on the losing end of a competition with your love of baseball? Here's what you need to do.

Football isn't just a competition on the gridiron. It can be a battle between couples, too. But, men, if you take the time to explain the game to your girlfriend, you might end up with a fellow fanatic.

Talking to a girl you like can sometimes seem nerve-wracking. What if she rejects you or makes fun of you? On the other hand, what if she likes you and wants to date you too? If you're shy, we've got some tips to improve your chances of making a great first impression.