The Heart Beat

Opinion and Invective On The World of Dating and Relationships

family dynamics in relationships
December 17, 2014

7 Family Dynamics that May Keep You Single

If we don’t understand where our emotional baggage comes from, and what it is, it’s almost impossible to break or change old patterns. Relationship expert Natalie Berthold joins us today with a guest blog about this exact area. Awareness is key, everyone. At least it can open the door to a different ending. Written by […]

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single people
December 15, 2014

Why Singles Aren’t Harming Marriage. They’re Actually Helping It!

“In our day, marriage and the family are in crisis. We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment. This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual […]

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being alone during the holidays
December 9, 2014

Thoughts on Spending the Holidays Alone

“I am 30 years old, and I’ve spent every holiday as
 a single person. Being single is difficult anytime, but it feels worse 
during the holidays. All of my friends are married with children, so it’s 
difficult to socialize with them in general, because people usually spend
 more time with their partners and children. It […]

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signs you are dating a crazy person
December 8, 2014

5 Signs You Are Headed for Dating Disaster

We post a lot of these types of blogs – red flags and potential warning signs in a partner – because when you are attracted to someone it is so easy to focus on the amazing feelings only. ‘He has no relationship with his mother? Well, that’s ok because he is so adorable.’ ‘She doesn’t […]

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thanksgiving anxiety
November 21, 2014

Nine Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Start a new tradition by actually having a peaceful Thanksgiving (the way it should be!). Today’s guest blog is from relationship expert Debra Smouse, who recognizes the holiday isn’t always as easy as it should be and offers tips to manage any difficult situations. We’re grateful for the advice, Debra! When it comes to Thanksgiving, we […]

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single during thanksgiving
November 20, 2014

Single on Thanksgiving: Quick Answers to Your Relatives’ (Slightly!) Invasive Questions

The questions arise when you’re passing the potatoes or putting out the nut cups. Are you seeing anyone special? Playing the field? When are you going to settle down? Singles are often grilled about their personal lives in a way their married relations rarely are. When was the last time your sister and brother-in-law were […]

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single and trying to meet friends
November 12, 2014

‘Where Did All of My Friends Go?’

Dear Sara, One thing I really miss about being in a relationship is the immediate and intense community it has always brought me. When I’m part of a couple, I am constantly invited to dine with other couples, double date, hang out and get to know my partner’s friends. When I’m single, I get about […]

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jeannieanddeepak
November 11, 2014

Deepak Chopra: ‘The Future of God’ Begins with You

I was lucky enough to visit the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA last week, where I talked with Deepak Chopra about his latest book, The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times. Besides being one of the kindest people I have met, Chopra has written a truly thought-provoking book about understanding God […]

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single women voting
November 4, 2014

Why Some People Don’t Want Single Women to Vote

Late last month, a panel of Fox News commentators discussed the coming elections when host Kimberly Guilfoyle explained why she didn’t think young single women should vote: “It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it. They’re not in that same life experience of paying the […]

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obsessed or infatuated
October 21, 2014

Is it True Love, or Just Infatuation?

It can be very hard to decipher the overwhelming feelings that come with meeting someone new. Relationship expert Aaron Kaplan breaks down the difference between love and infatuation in today’s guest blog. Written by Aaron Kaplan, YourTango It should be obvious that there are basic differences between being in love, infatuated, or just plain obsessed. […]

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