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. According to Wikipedia, the day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, 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.
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Improving Your Relationship
- 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!
- 6 Steps For Better Communication About Valentine's Day
Now's a good time to make your relationship even better!
- Four 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.
- Good Communication in Marriage Starts with Respect
Communication is the mortar that holds a relationship together -- if it breaks down, the relationship will crumble.
- 5 Easy Steps to Better Communication
Being able to express yourself clearly and being able to listen well can help you avoid a great deal of stress in your closest relationship.
- Stay Sexy Your Entire Life!
If you are over 50 and want the best that life has to offer, you probably desire a passionate, stimulating sex life.
- Learning to Say No
Do you wish you could put your foot down sometimes and say no?
- 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.
- 10 Rules for Friendly Fighting for Couples
Not exactly romantic, but hey, even the best of relationships sometimes need a little help when
the chips are down and we're arguing with our loved one.
- Couples Can Communicate Without Anger
Effective communication requires a willingness to listen to the other person's point of view without getting defensive.
- 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).
Loneliness, Grief and Singlehood
Gifts and Valentine's Day
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on
13 Feb 2013
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.
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