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.


When you're interested in someone, making a good first impression is key, so hold your head high, take a deep breath and follow our tips for approaching that guy who caught your eye. And remember, if you don't ask for what you want, you won't get it.

Remember when it was easy to tell when someone was interested in you? But as we get older, the dating scene becomes much trickier. But don't worry. There are ways to let someone know you're checking them out, and flirting is one of them.

It's almost time for a big date, but you can't seem to get those butterflies out of your stomach. How can you pump up your confidence level so you're ready to have a good time?

More than 96 million Americans over the age of 18 are single. And there are probably scores of people right now chatting on the phone about crucial first-date decisions like what to wear and what to talk about. But we've got five great ideas for making the most important first date decision: what to do.

is like selling or buying a car. So, how do you tell if he's just taking a test drive, if she's in for the long haul or -- worse yet -- you've got a lemon on your hands?

So you've convinced someone to go on a date with you -- congratulations! Now what are you supposed to talk about? Knowing what to ask can spark good conversation and let you learn more about your potential love interest.

Have you been shot with Cupid's arrow, or are you experiencing lust or infatuation? Let's check your symptoms.

You finally landed that date you've been waiting for, but unfortunately, it's not turning out exactly how you'd hoped. How can you escape from a dating disaster?

Sweaty palms, shaky limbs, awkward pauses -- it's easy to get a little nervous before a date with a girl you like. But with a few easy tips a little courage, you can come off as confident and sure of yourself.

Chances are you and your new partner both have accounts and many friends on Facebook. What etiquette will help you avoid embarrassing yourself on the site as your relationship develops?

You've landed a date with someone new, and now you need to make a great first impression. If you want to score that second date, be sure to avoid these 10 dating faux pas!

A guy can be successful, nice, funny, and still manage to strike out with girls all the time. It's frustrating and demoralizing when you don't know what you're doing wrong. But don't worry -- you can change your technique without changing who you are.

So, there's this girl. You like her a lot, right? And you think there's a pretty good chance she likes you. You decide that it might be time to move things to the next level. The next (nerve-racking) level, of course, is talking to her on the phone.

Remember when asking someone on a date was as simple as making a phone call? If you do, you're probably reminiscing about the days before December 1992, the month that dating changed forever. That month marked the birth of the text message -- but should you use it to ask someone out?

"You gotta make the money first. Then when you make the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women," says gangster Tony Montana in the 1983 film "Scarface." The line may be iconic, but it's also woefully wrong -- you don't need tons of cash to woo a woman.

In any romance, there are pivotal firsts -- first kiss, first fight, first vacation as a couple. If everything is on-track, you might be considering another big step: moving in together. Just don't do it to halve your rent.

In the Internet age, the drama surrounding the end of a relationship can spread quickly when people share friends with one another over social networks like Facebook. Is there any way to prevent it?

If you find yourself singing "Another One Bites the Dust," after yet another sorry date, we've got some good news. There are ways to rescue that date from disaster and turn it into (we hope) an enjoyable experience. Read on.

At some point in your life, you may have met someone who became your most intimate friend or romantic partner almost instantly. But not every relationship starts off on such connected territory, and the ones that do don't always stay that way. How can you make your relationship more intimate?

Beyond the first few months of giddy affection, few romantic relationships are easy. Some look that way, but usually that's because two people are putting in a lot of work behind the scenes. Long-distance relationships are even harder.

Before we plunk down our hard-earned money, we consumers like to know that we'll be happy with our purchases. But do couples who choose to live together before marriage doom their unions from the start?

With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, many couples are starting to re-evaluate their relationships. But before you start any heady analysis, it's important to know the facts from the myths when it comes to marriage.

Office romances can have positive and negative effects on the body, mind and soul. Learn more about office romances from HowStuffWorks.

Every relationship takes some work and effort to stay alive. Here are some tips to keep your relationship off the rocks, and on solid ground.

Win her over by giving her a 'just because' gift. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it has to be heartfelt. Learn how to find the perfect gift that will make her gush.