If there is one thing to be avoided on a date, it is conflict with strangers. Of course, conflict with anyone, at any time, is best avoided. There are however situations when it matters less - for instance, an angry exchange on a tube train, while annoying, is generally forgotten by lunchtime.
I read on the BBC website with interest recently, it talks about the rise of the 'bloggable' wedding and the pressure that couples put themselves under to have a wedding that's deemed 'blogworthy'. People spend a lot of time thinking about the details of their wedding.
You can always gauge the happiness level of a country when you step into one of their taxis. "'Ello love" is the genuine greeting from any London cabbie who then natters about the weather and thrusts the Currant Bun/Sun in your hands. You'd be lucky with a grunt in Paris.
People can be their own worst enemies sometimes, and women are no exception. In fact, I believe women can be very hard on themselves. So I have made a list of the top five worst things a woman can do to damage her life.
Friends have stepped up their efforts to wean me off him, queuing up to tell me off (in the nicest possible way) that they want me to find a nice normal (ideally unmarried) boyfriend, and the conversation pretty much goes the same way each time.
He raises an eyebrow in what appears to be a well-practised move. My buttocks clench. "Same thing happens every time," he says. "They fall in love, I get bored, and I break their heart. Every. Fucking. Time." His eyes rest on me as he finishes his little speech.
So, have the Chinese found the highly sought-after recipe for a perfect marriage? Such a cheat sheet is probably non-existent, but the budget spouse does raise some interesting questions about modern partnerships.
I often wonder who writes such gushing father's day tributes. They might be suitable for your natural father (although I frequently question this), but in my opinion you want something slightly more conservative for a stepfather.
I marvelled as I saw the tasty specimens with seemingly high IQs and smiles that would make mother buy a new hat. Except. Hold on. Those guys who had viewed my profile hadn't then contacted me. They'd checked me out, and obviously decided that actually no. No, they weren't interested...
There's no better way for couples heading to the altar to prepare for the challenges of married life than to attend the obligatory last hurrah, and with one third of Brits participating in weddings this year, chances are we will witness an onslaught of bachelor parties in 2013.
Yep, it's wedding season. If you're single, wedding season can bring to surface a lot of confusing emotions. On one hand, you're likely over the moon happy that your friends have found true love and are excited to share in their joy; on the other you might find yourself feeling jealous, bitter and annoyed with the whole affair.
Psychological disorders are between 20 and 40 percent more common in women, who are under increasing pressure to look after the family, keep the house in order, and go out and earn an income.
Whilst good physical health and having a steady job top the list of the most important factors in people feeling good about themselves, domestic bliss comes right behind. The ONS research details how those who are either married or living in a civil partnership are happier than cohabitees and those who are single, divorced or widowed.
When a night's going well, you just know it. Awkward pauses are but a memory, a relic consigned to the first five minutes of conversation. Timid forays into being tactile soon give way to comfortable, confident touching at appropriate moments - and, sometimes, inappropriate ones, too.
"I feel so guilty I had the affair," She said. "I really wish I hadn't, I don't even know why I did it. What was I thinking?" This is a very typical response from women who I have coached, who are living with (what I now call) affair guilt.
The "Winner Syndrome" or "winnering" is the process of trying to convince someone that your point of view is more valid then his or her's. It completely stops communication because you aren't listening to the other person's side when you're "winnering."