My colleague Jess and I were in the pub talking to Michelle, our head of communications. It was her leaving do and many of the senior managers were there. Needless to say, enthusiasm was compulsory. She was being prompted to our New York office and we were learning about her move. It was a long winded tale of logistics and house-hunting, but we listened attentively.
If you're one of those people who spouts off about not needing friends because your partner is your best friend or because you're too busy, widen your horizons. Become an individual. Don't get into that unhealthy trap.
It appears that the baby boomers have decided to shake up old age and are now opting for married life again rather than a blue rinse or a pair of slippers. According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics marriage rates have risen for people in their sixties.
My interview with a husband age 40, married with three children. What do you want out of your relationship? ... Great sex and regularly, trust, fun, shared goals and morals, laughter, a sense of adventure.
Not to be outdone, a bunch of enthusiastic Christians made some noise along the route proclaiming that "Jesus loves you". This was self defeating because it was essentially the whole point of the Parade. It was just another example of how God (whoever he or she may be) should never be invited to parties.
Everyone loves being treated to an indulgent gift by his or her partner... However, a recent study by charity OnePlusOne revealed that those large, grandiose gestures are not the ones we cherish most. In fact, nothing says, "I love you", more than small, thoughtful everyday things like making your partner a cup of tea.
'I've messed up' I say, 'seriously, things have gone really wrong. Even more wrong than usual... So I message him and he says he's just leaving work, and shall he come over. Of course I agreed and we end up having this mad drunken night at mine, resulting in very little sleep.'
Having weathered several episodes of depression with an incredibly strong man by my side, I've seen first hand the impact it can have on a partner, and consequently on the relationship.
Some people do have aggressive communication strategies, which will alienate others, generate fear and tend to blame others rather than taking responsibility for their own issues. But direct does not have to be aggressive. Nor should you assume it since this in itself can create a self fulfilling prophecy. Direct can also be compassionate.
I've been single for two and a half years now and during that time I've found it relatively easy to talk (and write) about dating. As harsh as it sounds, I haven't really cared too much about anyone in that time (although there were 2 notable exceptions) and so when feelings aren't involved it's easier to be nonchalant about dating.
Below are some of my favourite 'signs' that you're too far gone for your own good. If you like, why not count up how many you may be currently experiencing, and then get the hell out there, right now.
No one wants to be reminded that they're alone... the question remains, is it really so bad to be alone? ... To some people, eating alone is dreadful enough. But what about visiting the cinema, the theatre or, heaven forbid, going on holiday alone?
A man will run screaming for the hills if he is afraid he's met a stage five clinger. However, many times a woman will project that she's needy without even knowing it, when that might not be the case! Here are five of the top things women do that scare men into thinking she's needy.
For those of you concerned, I had my hair cut around five days before the big proposal to ensure the hair had settled well into the new cut. Now you can all relax and enjoy this post as opposed to fretting over the possibility that my freshly cut hair wouldn't be up to the challenge.
The truth is, there is no magic line that fits all occasions and caters to every type of woman, however, there are FOUR effective 'Opening structures' that can be used in any situation and allow enough space for a man to add his own character stamp to them.
Most of us want to settle down with "the one" and for that relationship to be a happy and healthy one. And while there is no such thing as a formula for the perfect relationship, there is a growing body of research focusing on the science of successful relationships. So what are the most important ideas when it comes to making love last?