Sexting

Sexting is defined as the act of electronically communicating sexually explicit messages or pictures. Sexting can be a fun way to spice up a relationship or maintain sexual interactions while partners are forced to be apart for long periods of time (i.e. business trips, vacations, obligatory visitations). Although sexting can be very fun as long…

Staying in Love

Falling in love is a natural human phenomenon. People do not have to actively exert effort in order to become attracted to someone and fall in love with them. Thanks to our biology, we are preprogrammed to desire close knit relationships. For most people, this desire is fulfilled by forming intimate relationships with other human…

Friends With Benefits

As detailed in The History of Dating, dating and relationships have diversified vastly in recent years. One relatively new type of relationship that has emerged is the “friends with benefits” (FWB) relationship. The seemingly contradictory idea has garnered media attention, inspired several movies (such as No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits, both of which were released in 2011)….

The Neurobiology of Romantic Love

Romantic love is one of the most universal human experiences. More than 20 years ago, biological anthropologist Helen Fisher studied 166 societies and found evidence of romantic love in 147 of them.1 According to Richard Schwartz, associate professor of psychiatry at MacLean Hospital, romantic love must be wired into our basic biological nature due to…

The 5 Love Languages

People around the world give and receive love in different ways, and an understanding of these differences can help to foster a loving and long-lasting relationship. Oftentimes, relationships experience issues with miscommunication due to differences in the way each partner expresses and expects to receive their love. In response to this, Dr. Gary Chapman wrote …

Effective Communication

Effective communication is essential in creating and maintaining strong relationships with coworkers, family members, friends, and loved ones. With globalization and technology changing the way people communicate with one another, it is now more important than ever to be adaptable. Learning to communicate through verbal and nonverbal means, as well as becoming a thoughtful listener…

Planning a Romantic Getaway

The stresses of school, work, and sometimes even children can be a lot to handle, so once in a while, couples plan romantic getaways so that they can appreciate each other without the distractions of everyday life. The U.S. Travel Association reported that couples that travel together experience better relationships, sex, and romance than couples…

Polyamory

Polyamory (“poly” meaning many, and “amory” meaning “love” or “lovers”) is the practice of being open to multiple sexual or emotional relationships at once. There is a common misconception that polyamory is mainly about promiscuity.1 However, many polyamorous people engage in long-term relationships with multiple partners in which they are emotionally invested.2 Polyamory not cheating,…

Falling In Love

Love and being in love are among the purest of human emotions. To love someone unconditionally is an indescribable experience. Love is often described as infinite, beautiful, wonderful, positive, or amazing. There are many different ways to love another person; it does not always have to be in the romantic sense. For example, there is…