Every year, the world turns to Valentine's Day to remind us to renew our committments and declarations of love
to that special person in our lives. While Valentine's Day became associated with romantic love
in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer when the tradition of courtly love flourished, today
it's characterized by the giving of cards and flowers, an outward sign of two people's love for one another.
While we don't really know all of the reasons some relationships survive and others thrive, we do have some pretty good ideas. In this special guide, we've gathered together articles that focus on love, relationships and Valentine's Day, including one that offers you a simple relationship-building exercise you and your lover can do together.
New This Year
Improving Your Relationship
- 7 Simple Steps to Improve Your Relationship
- 5 Ways to Show Your Loved Ones Some Love This Valentine's Day
- 3 Steps to Evolving Valentine's Day: A Day of Connection and Compassion
- 7 Tips for the Romantically Challenged on Valentine's Day
Whether you're stumped on what to get your sweetheart or romantically clumsy (or clueless), these tips from two seasoned relationship experts can help!
- 4 Steps for Working on Your Relationship
How to improve your romantic relationship in four steps.
- Understanding Jealousy in Your Relationship
For as long as there have been men, women, and relationships there has been jealousy, the fear of losing the person you love to a rival.
- Be My Valentine: An Exercise to Grow Your Relationship
It's almost Valentine's Day! Do the following exercise to learn where your relationship could use a boost. Along with the usual card or flowers, consider giving your sweetheart the gift of efforts to make your relationship stronger.
- 5 Secrets to a Successful Long-Term Relationship or Marriage
There have been a thousand or more articles written about how to have a successful long-term relationship or marriage, but none that seem to capture some of the core ingredients I've found important in relationships.
- Surviving Valentine's Day and Beyond: Coping with Relationship Stress
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, our thoughts turn to the often-tricky area of romantic relationships.
- Building Resilience
Resilient relationships not only survive struggle and adversity, they grow stronger.
- Choosing Happiness in Our Lives Revisited
At some point in our life, we may forget or give up the responsibility of directing our life to where we want it to go.
- Healing Your Relationship
For most people, it seems, learning about relationships is a matter of trial and error, often with a lot of pain and heartache mixed in.
- Facing Enduring Differences and Getting to We
Enduring differences develop out of expectations learned from one's family of origin (for example, gender roles) and longstanding character traits (for example, submissiveness).
Love & Sex
Loneliness, Grief and Singlehood
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on
14 Feb 2014
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family -- in another city.
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